BABSON PARK, Mass.--The New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) announced former UConn baseball head coach Andy Baylock as part of its inaugural 2017 Hall of Fame class on Thursday, May 25.
Baylock and the seven other inductees will be honored prior to the organization's annual all-star game on Friday, June 2, in Pawtucket, R.I at 12 p.m.
"To be able to go in with all of these coaches that are near and dear to me is special," said Andy Baylock. "These are special people and friends that I've been around with for a long time and I'm extremely fortunate to be a part of this inaugural class."
Baylock holds the program-record with 556 wins in 24 years at the helm of the Huskies. He led the Huskies to three NCAA Tournaments and averaged 23 wins per season during his tenure.
Baylock has been a part of the UConn athletic department since 1963, spending 15 years as the top assistant coach to then-head coach Larry Panciera before taking over as the head coach. He spent time as a pitching coach with the U.S. Senior National team in the summers of 1985 and 1989.
"Nobody deserves to be an inaugural member of the NEIBA Hall of Fame more than my former coach, mentor, and now friend, Coach Baylock," said head coach Jim Penders. "He has left a legacy on our campus, in the college baseball world, and especially amongst New England baseball people that should be emulated, but is impossible to duplicate.
"We New England college baseball coaches owe a huge debt of gratitude to Coach B., and to all of the honorees for building the strongest of foundations for our game in the greatest part of our country. It couldn't be easy to plant and cultivate the roots in a less than hospitable climate for baseball, but these men did just that."
"No matter where I go, I am asked all the time, 'How is Andy Baylock?' He has had such an immensely positive impact on so many lives over the past six decades as an ambassador of UConn, and college baseball as a whole. All those who know him, know he was a great coach. They also know he's an even better man," said Penders.
In 1996, Baylock was honored with induction into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He remains at UConn as the Director of Alumni and Community Relations for the UConn football program.
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