Mississippi State hires former Indiana baseball coach

“Well, in a lot of ways it’s been unbelievably rewarding. We were humiliated early in the year, I’ve said that before and I meant it and I still mean it. We were in a spot that was hard. You find yourself really challenged in life and you turn to those that are close to you and see if they’re willing to help you make something of where you are and those kids did and the families did and the assistant coaches did. And so from that standpoint it’s been unbelievably rewarding.”  That was the last time Gary Henderson addressed the media as interim head coach of the Bulldogs following their season-ending loss to Oregon State on Saturday with a trip to the College World Series final on the line.

Today, Mississippi State decided to go in another direction even though Henderson gave the athletic department every reason not to.

The new man for the job is Chris Lemonis, who spent the last four years as head coach at Indiana prior to becoming the18th head man of the Diamond Dawgs.  Lemonis took the Hoosiers to the NCAA regionals in three out of the past four seasons and was previously a part of three College World Series teams at Louisville as an assistant.

Reports have it that Jake Gautreau will stay on staff as an assistant and ultimately Henderson has earned himself another head coaching job elsewhere for turning a broken season into one of the best in MSU history.

There will be a press conference to officially introduce Lemonis at 10 a.m. tomorrow on the right field plaza at Dudy Noble Field.

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