ATHENS - Scott Stricklin, a former Georgia Tech assistant coach who guided Kent State to the College World Series last year, has emerged as the leading contender to be Georgia's next head coach.
Georgia, which fired longtime head coach David Perno nearly two weeks ago, has zeroed in on Stricklin, according to a report by PerfectGame.com. A source in the college baseball industry confirmed that Stricklin is the top choice and could be announced next week, assuming there are no late snags.
Georgia might have waited longer, waiting to talk to coaches involved in the NCAA tournament, which began this weekend. But Kent State's season ended last weekend after the Mid-American Tournament, so Stricklin was available to be interviewed by Georgia.
Stricklin was the recruiting coordinator at Georgia Tech in the early 2000s. Georgia Tech had the nation's top-ranked recruiting class in 2002, including future major leaguers Micah Owings and Tyler Greene.
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Stricklin has been the head coach at Kent State since 2005, racking up a 350-188 record. The Golden Flashes had a winning season each year, including 36-23 this past season, and three seasons of 40-plus wins. Kent State won four regular-season MAC titles during his tenure, and five MAC tournament titles.
Stricklin played catcher at Kent State from 1991-93, then was a 23rd-round pick by the Minnesota Twins. He eventually retired in 1998, having reached Class AAA.