Mike Fox, the North Carolina baseball team's head coach for the last 22 years, announced Friday that he is retiring. Fox was the winningest active head coach in all of D1 baseball, and the first coach to lead a team to four consecutive college world series.
"From playing in the College World Series as a Tar Heel senior, to winning a Division III national championship at N.C. Wesleyan, to leading Carolina to Omaha seven times as the Tar Heels' head coach, Mike's impact on college baseball has been legendary," Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement.
"He has connected generations of players and fans to Carolina baseball, and his commitment to his students in and out of the dugout is highlighted by the scores of players who have returned to Chapel Hill after professional careers to earn their degrees."
Fox will be replaced as head coach by Associate Head Coach Scott Forbes, who has been on UNC's staff for 19 seasons. Forbes will become the 25th head coach in school history, and just the fifth head coach since 1931.
Fox graduated UNC in 1978, and finishes his coaching career with a 1,487-547-5 record and a winning percentage of .731. He is seventh in all-time wins and 15th in career winning percentage, and led the NCAA in both categories among active coaches in 2020.