Ty Harrington To Take Leave Of Absence

By: Quixem Ramirez

Coach Ty Harrington, diagnosed with rectal cancer in August 2014, will take a temporary leave of absence due to health reasons according to a Texas State athletics press release.


Assistant coach Jeremy Fikac replaces Harrington in the interim. 

Harrington’s timetable is unknown. He will remain associated with the team during his absence.

“My return will be determined by how I feel,” Harrington said. “As soon as I feel strong enough to lead the team in the high manner it takes, then I will return. I’m confident that my assistant coaches, who have done most of the work with these guys in my absence, will do a good job and continue to work with our student-athletes at a high level. I need to pay attention to my health and getting better.”
Harrington enters his 16th season with Texas State, with a 507-381-1 record. He earned his 500th career victory April 24, 2014 against the Baylor Bears.
Harrington, the 2009 and 2011 Southland Conference Coach of the Year, has won at least 29 games in each season. He is the winningest coach in Texas State baseball history.
Under Harrington’s tutelage, Texas State set a program record for wins (41) in 2009. The team appeared in three appearances NCAA Regional Tournaments (2000, 2009, 2011).
“We knew this would be a challenging season for Coach Harrington and his family,” said Larry Teis, athletics director. “Our number one concern right now is Coach Harrington and making sure he takes care of his health during his ongoing treatment. In talking to Coach, we believe it is best he takes some time off. There is no doubt in my mind Coach Fikac and Silva are capable of leading this program and our student-athletes. They embody the values we have in our baseball program and understand what to do to be successful.”
The Bobcats began the 2015 season with a 0-3-1 record, the worst start in Harrington’s tenure.

Quixem Ramirez is a sports editor for the University Star where this story originally published. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between the University Star and Corridor News.

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