It wasn’t going to happen again.
The moment word got out that a school in College Station wanted to hire Tim Tadlock away from Texas Tech, Kirby Hocutt put all doubt out the window with that nonsense.
The lifetime contract is an exclamation point to what has been a great year for Tadlock.
Tech Baseball has become the most consistent top tier team on this campus, and it was long overdue that Tim Tadlock was rewarded for his hard work as well as his assistants.
Texas Tech hasn’t just become a mainstay in the Big 12 conference, the Red Raiders are a team that’s well known around the country. It was proven by being invited to the State Farm College Showdown earlier this year in Arlington, where the lowest ranked team in the tournament was 12.
Coach Tadlock had what was quite possibly his best coaching performance in the 2021 season as Tech was hit hard by a ton of injuries, including preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Dylan Neuse. Tech lost Dru Baker for about two weeks midseason as well. The pitching staff was a whole different story. The ideal preseason rotation, one could argue, would have been one of the best in the country with Austin Becker, Hunter Dobbins, and Brandon Birdsell. Fast forward to the first game of the year, Becker and Dobbins are out for the year before the season starts. Birdsell would go down in the last game in the TCU series in Lubbock on April 11th and was shut down for the year as well.
With all the injuries coupled along with the uncertainty of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tadlock put together another great season for the Red Raiders who finished 35-13 in the regular season and took both series’ against TCU and Texas who finished ahead of Tech in Big 12 play, and are in the running for a national seed yet again. Incredible.
Coach Tadlock is here to stay. Forever.
A TRUE and LOYAL Red Raider.