Kent State and the University Georgia made the signing of Scott Stricklin as Bulldogs head coach official Monday night.
In nine seasons as KSU’s head coach, Stricklin led the Golden Flashes to five Mid-American Conference regular season and five tournament championships, including one College World Series appearance that included a win over No. 1 seeded Florida, in 2012.
“My family and I are excited to be Georgia Bulldogs,” Stricklin said in a press release from Georgia. “It’s been a dream to coach in the Southeastern Conference, and I look forward to moving my family to Athens… I want to thank current Kent State athletic director Joel Nielsen and former athletic director Laing Kennedy for the confidence and support they showed for the Kent State baseball program the last nine years.”
Associate Head Coach Mike Birkbeck has been named interim head coach, per a release from Kent State. Birkbeck has been with the Golden Flashes for 17 seasons acting primarily as the architect behind KSU’s strong pitching staffs year after year. Birkbeck says that he has interest in the head coaching position but is keeping his options open at this time, including a possible reunion with Stricklin at Georgia.
“I’m interested in several scenarios that are in play,” Birkbeck told the Beacon Journal Monday night. “Scott has expressed interest in me, yes.”
When asked if there were other scenarios in the works besides those two, Birkbeck said “Not as I sit here right now, no.”