UNO fires baseball coach Bruce Peddie
NEW ORLEANS (AP)
Bruce Peddie, who coached New Orleans' baseball team through an uncertain period in which the university applied with the NCAA to drop from Division I to Division III, has been fired after four years on the job.
Peddie's dismissal, announced Friday, comes shortly after UNO broke ground on a new $3 million infield grandstand slated to open next season. The rebuilt centerpiece of the Privateers' ballpark, along with a recent commitment to retain Division I athletics, were developments Peddie had awaited since taking over in 2010.
While uncertainty surrounded the program, recruiting and scheduling proved difficult. Peddie's teams went 40-161 combined.
Before taking over as head coach, Peddie was the recruiting coordinator for former coach Tom Walter, who took Wake Forest's head coaching job after the 2009 season.