Texas State baseball coach Ty Harrington will take a temporary leave of absence from the team because of health reasons and his ongoing bout with rectal cancer. He plans to return when healthy, and there is no definite timetable at this point. Harrington was diagnosed in August 2014.
“My return will be determined by how I feel. As soon as I feel strong enough to lead the team in the high manner it takes, then I will return,” said Harrington. “I will still be associated with the team, but 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 originally thought I would be able to manage treatments and coaching at a high level, but the effects have been tough. I need to pay attention to my health and getting better,” said Harrington.
Assistant coach Jeremy Fikac will take over in the interim, helped by assistant coach Mike Silva and volunteer assistant coach Jeremy Knox.
“We knew this would be a challenging season for coach Harrington and his family. 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,” said Texas State Director of Athletics Larry Teis. “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.”
Harrington is in his 16th season at the helm of Texas State Baseball, taking over in 2000. As head coach of Texas State, he has gone 507-381-1, twice being named conference Coach of the Year and winning three regular season conference championships and two tournament championships. He won his 500th victory against Baylor last season, April 24, 2014.