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Tech fires baseball assistant coach Petrie

Petrie confirmed to the Avalanche-Journal Monday that he was let go after a meeting with head coach Dan Spencer.

Posted: September 12, 2011 - 11:03pm  |  Updated: September 13, 2011 - 12:08am
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Trent Petrie was fired Sunday as assistant coach of the Texas Tech baseball team.

Petrie confirmed to the Avalanche-Journal Monday afternoon that he was let go over the weekend after meeting with head coach Dan Spencer. Petrie declined to comment on the specifics around his firing, referring all questions to Dan Spencer. Messages left with Spencer Monday night were not returned.

“Trent has been an important part of this program and we wish him and his family nothing but the best,” Spencer said in a release from the school on Monday. “However, I feel it is in the best interest for the Texas Tech baseball program to make this change.”

Petrie just completed his fourth season as the Red Raiders’ recruiting coordinator and defensive/base running coach. He came to Tech as an assistant the same time as Spencer, both spending a season under former head coach Larry Hays before Hays retired following the 2008 season. Spencer was promoted as Hays’ replacement and retained Petrie.

Under Petrie, Tech was second in the Big 12 defensively during the 2008 season with a .971 fielding percentage, and ranked 23rd in the nation in double plays turned and 28th in stolen bases.

But in the last three seasons, the Red Raiders have never finished better than seventh in fielding percentage, and have finished in the top five in stolen bases just once, which was in 2011 when their 91 steals ranked fourth.

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Coach Petrie

I'm not sure what happened here but I wish Pete all the best. I have known him for almost 20 years and he has been a class guy.


Hance In On This?

Hope Hance wasn't involved. It would mean Coach Petrie got cheated out of any bonus due, was stiffed out of his last years pay, did not receive a fair settlement for any future contractual pay, was not allowed due process, and was fired on the grounds of an event that did not occur.



I really do not appreciate this site monitoring my comments because I feel that anybody has the right to their opinion.

What I initially posted was regarding the current coach Spencer firing Petrie, I have played under Petrie and I feel that he was an awesome coach and got along with the players really well.

Another point that I want to bring up is Jimmy Webster being involved with the coaching staff. I expressed a supreme dislike for the man while he was with Lubbock High and Coronado. I want everyone to know that if he receives a promotion after Petries termination I have lost all faith in our baseball program. Not that I really have faith in our current coaching staff to begin with.

I just really think its a shame that such a great guy and coach is getting terminated by a team that hasn't produced in more than 10 years. Spencer has been here for 3 years as a head coach and one as an assistant, shouldn't he be getting the boot?

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