Hopkins Relieved of Duties as Tiger Baseball Coach
May 16, 2000
Memphis, TN - Jeff Hopkins, who has served as the University of Memphis' head baseball coach for the past eight seasons, has been relieved of duties by athletic director R.C. Johnson. Hopkins, who led the Tigers to the school's only 50 win season during the 1994 campaign, has suffered three losing seasons over the last four years, including this year's record-setting 37 loss campaign.
"We certainly appreciate everything Jeff has done for the program over the past eight years but I feel that it is in our best interest to take the baseball program in a different direction," said Johnson. "Coach Hopkins has conducted himself with class in every phase of his program and has shown great character and loyalty in dealing with his administration, coaches and players. We wish him the best in his future endeavors."
Memphis posted a 15-37 record this year, which included a school record 14 losses to end the season. The Tigers opened the season with a record tying 10-game losing streak and plagued by injuries, ended the year not winning a game after April 18th.
Hopkins amassed a career record of 239-207-1. His teams won 92 games over his first two years at the helm, including a school record 52 victories in 1994 and an NCAA Midwest Regional appearance.
A nationwide search will begin immediately to find a new head coach. A newly formed search committee, which will be chaired by associate athletic director Bill Lofton, will consist of assistant athletic director Bob Kilpatrick, M Club Director Al Brown, Memphis Redbirds' president and general manager Allie Prescott and an athletic committee representative. They will be responsible for finding qualified candidates and all recommendations are to be directed to the committee.