Harrison to Serve as Interim Coach Through 2002 Season
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Geoff Zahn, a 13-year Major League Baseball veteran and head baseball coach for the University of Michigan over the last six years, has resigned his position effective immediately.
"We appreciate the effort and the time Zahn has given our program," said Bill Martin
, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Michigan. "We wish Geoff all the best."
Martin has named U-M assistant Chris Harrison as interim head coach through the 2002 season. Harrison served as the head coach at The Master's College in Santa Clarita, Calif., from June 1990 to May 1994 and was the NAIA District 3 Coach of the Year in 1991. Harrison joined the U-M coaching staff when Zahn was named the Wolverine head coach in September of 1995.
"Over the past year and a half, there have been personal circumstances that have taken much of the joy out of coaching for me," said Zahn. "I have always felt that when it ceases to be fun to come to work, it's time to move on. I believe it is best for me, my family and the Michigan baseball program that I resign.
"I have enjoyed the teams and the friends I have made while coaching at Michigan. I am happy and proud of the fact that most of our players have graduated and have represented Michigan well on and off the field while winning two championships in my six seasons as coach. I wish the team only the best as I believe they have the nucleus to have a great team."
During his tenure at Michigan, Zahn had a record of 163-169-2 (.491), leading Michigan to four Big Ten playoff appearances. In his last three tournament appearances, Zahn led the Wolverines to the championship game all three times, winning the Big Ten in 1999 and placing second in the 1999 South Bend regional and the 2001 Big Ten Tournament.
The former Wolverine left-hander was named Michigan's 17th head coach by Joe Roberson, the U-M Athletic Director at that time. He was the seventh former Wolverine baseball player to serve as head coach. Zahn, 56, accepted the position at Michigan after spending the 1995 season as an assistant coach at Pepperdine University.
Zahn, who earned varsity letters at Michigan in 1966 and 1967, spent his 13 Major League seasons pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins and the California Angels. Zahn was 12-2 in his two seasons at Michigan, setting the U-M career winning percentage record of .857 (since broken). In 1967 Zahn was 9-1 with a school-record 1.19 ERA (now ranks second) and he shared the Ray Fisher Award as Michigan's co-MVP with leading hitter Les Tanona.
Since 1982, the Wolverines have awarded their top pitcher of the season with the Geoff Zahn Award.
Geoff Zahn's U-M Coaching Record
|Year ||Overall || Pct. ||Big Ten || Pct. |
|1996 ||24-30 ||.444 ||17-11 ||.607|
|1997 ||36-22 ||.621 ||17-9 ||.654*|
|1998 ||21-27-1 ||.439 ||9-15 ||.375|
|1999 ||34-30 ||.531 ||15-13 ||.536+|
|2000 ||20-32-1 ||.387 ||10-18 ||.357|
|2001 ||28-28 ||.500 ||10-14 ||.417|
|Total ||163-169-2 ||.491 ||78-80 ||.494|
* Big Ten Champions; + Big Ten Tournament Champ
Big Ten Tournament: 1996-4th; 1997-2nd; 1999-1st; 2001-2nd
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