Dusty Rhodes, the only head baseball coach at the University of North Florida in school history, will announce his retirement at a news conference on Monday. A source close to the team said Rhodes’ replacement will be former LSU coach Ray “Smoke” Laval.
Rhodes will coach the Ospreys in 2010 and then retire.
Rhodes has been the Ospreys’ coach for 21 years, compiling an 879-420 record. He has guided UNF to 16 postseason appearances, including five World Series appearances, four district championships while in the NAIA and six conference championships in NCAA Division II.
Rhodes, 63, said he first talked about retiring two years ago to UNF President John Delaney.
“I talked with President Delaney about this [retiring] a couple years ago and he wanted me to stay until we completed our transition into Division I,” Rhodes said. “I just turned 63 and 21 seasons is a long time.”