Todd Raleigh out as UT baseball coach

KNOXVILLE (WVLT) -- The University of Tennessee has fired baseball coach Todd Raleigh after a four-season tenure.

Raleigh was 42-78 in SEC games during his time in Knoxville. The Vols failed to qualify for the conference tournament in each of his four campaigns.

"We feel our baseball program, unfortunately, has not made the progress on the field that it should have over the last four years," said athletic director Mike Hamilton. "We believe a change in leadership is necessary in order to move the program forward. We appreciate Todd's efforts and wish him the best in all future endeavors."

Contractually, the university is obligated to pay Raleigh his annual base salary for the one year remaining on his contract, as well as one year?s worth of additional compensation for broadcast and shoe and apparel pay. That total is $331,657.53, payable over 12 months in equal installments.

Raleigh thanked the University in a statement sent to the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

"Thank the university, especially the players, some assistant coaches and some players' families for their support [during] my time here at Tennessee," Raleigh said in the release.

"Faced a lot of obstacles, APR, player turnover, which we tried to overcome in a tough environment and the best baseball conference in the country.

"As many of you know, there have been a lot of dynamic moving issues with UT athletics. Look forward to moving on and continuing coaching."

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