ISU Looks For New Baseball Coach | WGLT

ISU Looks For New Baseball Coach

May 29, 2018

Illinois State University is firing its baseball coach.

Athletics Director Larry Lyons said Tuesday that coach Bo Durkac worked very hard and was well respected. But Durkac's teams at ISU had a record of 82-138 overall and 27-55 in Missouri Valley Conference play over four years.

“Our expectations for our baseball program are to compete for Missouri Valley Conference championships and postseason opportunities," said Lyons.

“I’d like to thank the Illinois State Athletic Department for allowing me to be a part of the Redbird baseball program for the last nine years and the last four as head coach. I’ve always been proud to call myself a Redbird and am disappointed that we couldn’t produce on the field at the level that Illinois State deserves. This is a bottom-line business, and the bottom line is we didn’t get it done here and that falls on me,” said Durkac.

Lyons said classroom and leadership parameters are positive for the baseball team, but on-field results are not where they need to be.

"We wish him the best moving forward, and we will begin the process to find our next head coach immediately,” said Lyons.

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