May 21, 2012
Van Zant, Spencer relieved of
coaching carousel has begun to turn, starting in the Big 12.
Future member West Virginia will not renew the
contract of head coach Greg Van Zant (left). The Mountaineers
were 23-32 this past season and 9-18 in the Big East, failing to
make the eight-team tourney field. Van Zant spent 18 seasons as
head coach of the Mountaineers, posting a record of 528-451-1.
WVU won the Big East Tournament in 1996, earning a bid to the
NCAA Tournament bid. A native of Williamson, W.Va., Van Zant was
a four-year starter at third base for the Mountaineers from
1980-83. He helped WVU reach the NCAA regionals in 1982. Van
Zant was an assistant at Georgia Southern before accepting an
assistant position at his alma mater in 1990.
Tech will bring in a new head coach after the dismissal of Dan
Spencer. The Red Raiders were 29-26 overall this past season and
7-17 in the Big 12. Texas Tech did not qualify for the Big 12
Tournament. Spencer was 115-112 in four seasons with the Red
Raiders, including 44-61 in the Big 12. Spencer spent 11 seasons
as assistant and associate head coach at Oregon State, helping
the Beavers win consecutive national championships.
(photos courtesy of WVU & Texas Tech Media Relations Offices)