CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University’s head baseball coach is retiring after 24 years.
Pat Casey, the winningest coach in Oregon State Athletics history, announced the decision in a live press conference Thursday.
"I would first like to thank all the players who have given me the opportunity and honor to coach them over the last 31 years," Casey said. "Your dedicated commitment has truly made the journey what it is and made what we do more than special. I will be forever grateful. You have left me with memories I will never forget. You are true warriors.
"I have always expected that I be at the same level at which we ask our players day in and day out, and right now, I'm not sure I can't do that, but I'm also not certain I can. Therefore, I believe it is the right time to step down as head coach of the Oregon State baseball program."
Casey came to Oregon State in 1995 after seven seasons as the head coach at George Fox. During his tenure with the Beavers, he compiled a 900-468-6 record, which ranks sixth in Pac-12 Conference history. His .662 winning percentage is good for 13th in conference history and third amongst coaches this century.
He brought the team to victory in the College World Series three times, most recently in 2018, and took the team to the series six times over his years at OSU. His teams have made 13 total trips to the postseason, acounting for 64 of Oregon State Baseball's 69 all-time victories.
Casey, whose hometown is Newberg, was named national coach of the year by at least one organization five times: in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2017 and 2018. The honors followed national championships in 2006, 2007 and 2018.
"I've truly been blessed," Casey said.
Casey will remain at Oregon State as a senior associate athletics director/special assistant to Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes.
"It's very difficult to put into words what Coach Casey has done for Oregon State University, the state of Oregon, college baseball overall and the tremendous impact he has made on the lives of so many young people during his coaching career," Barnes said. "While I'm saddened to lose Coach Casey in the dugout, I'm thrilled to have Coach Casey remain on staff to serve as an ambassador for our department, be a mentor for other coaches and play a role in fundraising."
Barnes announced on Thursday that Pat Bailey, who served as an assistant coach and associate head coach under Casey for 11 seasons at Oregon State, has been named interim head coach. A national search will begin at the conclusion of the 2019 season.