Baseball coach not renewed for seventh season

The Eastern Michigan University athletic department announced Wednesday that baseball coach Jay Alexander would not be renewed for a seventh season.

Alexander compiled a 159-182 record in six seasons as the team’s coach, with a 74-88 record in the Mid-American Conference.

His squad finished the 2013 campaign with its worst record under Alexander – 19-34 (6-21 MAC).

“I want to thank Coach Alexander for his leadership of our baseball program and the many contributions he made to the University, our community and specifically our student-athletes over the past six years,” EMU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Heather Lyke said in a news release. “However, we feel it is time to go in a new direction for the baseball program.”

Before taking the job at Eastern prior to the 2009 season, Alexander was at Wayne State University from 1998-2008, where he started as an assistant coach and left as the team’s coach.

The university will be conducting a national search for the team’s fifth coach.

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