According to an announcement made by University of Alabama Director of Athletics Bill Battle Monday afternoon, Mitch Gaspard has resigned from his position as the school's baseball head coach, effective immediately. This afternoon, Gaspard told his coaching staff and team about his decision to resign, coming a few days after getting knocked out of the 2016 SEC Baseball Tournament by top-seed Florida.
"Mitch and I met last Friday to discuss how the season has gone and possibilities for postseason play," Battle announced in a school release Monday. "At that time, he expressed to me his wishes to resign as baseball coach."
"While that conversation was supposed to serve as a prelude to our annual postseason discussion on the state of the program, I accepted his resignation only on the basis that it would not officially be in effect until our season had formally concluded. It's clear to me that Mitch had made up his mind, and I respect his wishes."
Over the 2016 season, Gaspard led Alabama to a 32-26 record, including a 15-15 record in conference play. As Alabama's head coach for seven seasons, he posted a 234-193 (.548) record, which is good for top-10 among all Alabama baseball coaches.
Gaspard released a statement regarding his decision to resign as Alabama's head coach on Twitter: