There are few college baseball coaches who changed the game the way Augie Garrido did, and his death on March 15 sent shockwaves through the sports world.
Tribute after tribute has been released in honor of the legendary former Texas coach. On Monday, a public celebration of life was held in his honor at the Frank Erwin Center on Texas’ campus. In conjunction with the ceremony, a video — narrated by actor Kevin Costner — was released that chronicled Garrido’s amazing life and career. It spans his beginning and rise at Cal State Fullerton and his two national titles that his teams brought to Austin with the Longhorns in 2002 and 2005.
Costner is a graduate of Cal State Fullerton. Garrido cut him from the team, but the two grew to be friends.
The video was produced by the Longhorn Network and is a touching tribute to the all-time winningest coach in college baseball history — the man who molded some of the greatest baseball players of his era.
“August Edmun Garrido, the poor kid with a golden smile, had earned an ironclad spot in his game. But to define his greatness is to define the breadth of his impact,” Costner narrated in the video. “He was more than a coach, more than a teacher. He was more than a champion. He was, and forever will be: Augie.”
Watch the video in full by clicking here.