The Steve Rodriguez era with Baylor baseball has come to an end. The first report surfaced from D1baseball’s Kendall Rodgers on Monday, and then was confirmed by the school.
In a press release from Baylor University, Rodriguez said, “While a decision of this magnitude is never easy, I am at peace with it … Seven years is a long time at one place, and now it is time for a new voice to lead the Baylor Baseball program.”
Rodriguez just wrapped up his seventh season with the program and it was a disappointing 26-28 record.
During his run with the Bears, Rodriguez went 197-146 overall record while going 67-75 in Big 12 action. Rodriguez’s highlights at Baylor came early in his tenure, as he was hired in 2016 to replace Steve Smith. The Bears made the postseason in 2017, 2018, and 2019 and won the conference tournament in 2018.
There’s no doubt that Baylor had some tough breaks with injuries in 2018 and 2019, and then COVID put an end to the 2020 season. But regardless, Rodriguez did not have the program trending in the right direction in recent seasons, and it appears that it has resulted in the program moving on from its head coach.
Baylor just missed the Field of 64 last season and then this year, with postseason hopes, the Bears had a tough start to the year and never got things turned around.
“We are grateful for Steve’s time at Baylor over the past seven years and for his commitment to our student-athletes, our university, and to Preparing Champions for Life,” said Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack Rhoades in the press release. “On behalf of Baylor University, I want to thank Steve and his family for their service, and we wish him, his wife Kim, and their two children, Julia and Nolan, the very best as God directs their next steps.”
Baylor got to three NCAA Regionals under Rodriguez, but never advanced to a Super Regional during his time in Waco. It’s now been 10 seasons since the Bears got that far in the postseason.