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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