Dave Serrano is in his final season of his five-year contract as Tennessee baseball coach, and his status for next season is uncertain. The Vols’ sweep at the hands of LSU on Sunday keeps them in last place in the SEC at 26-26 overall, 7-20 in the SEC, so that doesn’t help his cause.
He was asked Sunday if he has concerns that he has coached his final SEC series at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. His full response follows.
“I’m confident in what I am as a coach. I have a track record to speak for. I have not succeeded here as fast as I wanted to succeed. I have a lot of pride in wearing this uniform every day. I have a lot of pride in what I feel myself and my coaching staff have been able to do. I think this program, even though it hasn’t won at the highest level, it’s looked upon as with class and dignity now. What we’re doing off the field with our guys and graduation, hearing the senior celebration today and hearing some of the accolades that those young men have accomplished in their four years, some of them less than that. My relationship with Dave Hart, Dave has been very supportive of me. We’ll do what we always do at the end of the year. My hope is that I continue to run this program. I’m gonna get it right. I’m confident I’m gonna get it right, but it’s not in my hands. The support not just from Dave Hart but all of the administration has been fabulous. They want us to win. They want us to be successful. But again, it’s out of my hands now. I’m not living day to day in regards to whether my job is secure or not. Like I said, I’m pretty confident in my ability, I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again. I’m hoping it’s at the University of Tennessee because that’s why I came back here. I want to make this place a winner. That’s a goal that I want to complete eventually in my career.”