David Perno’s run as Georgia’s baseball coach has come to an end.
Perno, who led the Bulldogs’ to unprecedented heights during his 12 seasons at the helm, was dismissed by Athletic Director Greg McGarity on Sunday, sources close to the program confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Players were informed Sunday evening and an announcement from the school is expected on Monday.
“Just getting ready for the next chapter in my life,” said Perno, reached by telephone Monday morning.
Perno’s dismissal came just 24 hours after the Bulldogs’ season concluded with a 9-2 win. That left them with a 21-32 record (7-20 SEC).
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Perno said Ted White, UGA’s athletic administrator for baseball, called Sunday evening to inform him that McGarity wanted to meet Monday morning. But Perno asked to meet immediately and the three men convened at White’s office in the Rankin Smith Center at 7 p.m. Sunday. That’s when McGarity delivered the news.
“His mind was made up,” said Perno, who finished with 399-334 career record at Georgia, 160-189-1 in SEC play. “Unfortunately, I left an opening. I gave him an excuse. I thought we had a chance to make a move, but it just didn’t work out. I felt like we were on the cusp. But I know next year’s going to be special and those guys are going to do a good job and I’m going to look forward to watching them.”
Perno had one year remaining on his contract, which pays him $450,000 annually, including $25,000 yearly retention bonuses. But he doesn’t plan to sit around. Perno said he’ll begin looking for a job immediately.