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Tigers to part ways with Gottlieb as coach

As the season came to an end for the Towson Tigers baseball team, Towson Director of Athletics Tim Leonard announce that head coach Mike Gottlieb has concluded his coaching career at Towson after 30 seasons. Gottlieb informed his team of the decision on Sunday.

After 30 seasons as the team’s head coach, Gottlieb has compiled a 733-821-10 record and took Towson to three NCAA Division I tournament’s (1988, 1991, 2013).

“We would like to thank Mike for his dedication to Towson University and the baseball program for so many years,” Leonard said in a statement released by the school. “He did a tremendous job in preparing his players on the field, but more importantly, he helped prepare them to be successful in life after college.

“After several discussions over the past couple years, we felt like now is the best time to look for new leadership. We are committed to this program and want to bring in somebody that can build off the foundation that was set by Mike.”

Gottlieb first became a Tiger as a player in 1977. He graduated in 1979 and then served as an assistant coach for seven seasons before becoming the head coach in 1988. Gottlieb took Towson to the NCAA Tournament his very first season after they went 31-17-1 on their way to winning the East Coast Conference championship.

Towson also went to the NCAA Tournament in 1991 after winning the ECC tournament and then also in 2013. That year, Towson nearly dropped their baseball team but Gottlieb fought for support and helped saved the program with alumni donations. Towson then won the CAA Tournament and clinched a berth into the NCAA tournament.

Gottlieb earned his 700th victory last season on March 26, 2016.

A national search for Gottlieb’s replacement will begin immediately.

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