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Steve Sabins Provides Mission Statement for Future of WVU Baseball

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WVU Baseball Randy Mazey, Steve Sabins and Grant Hussey celebrating after win

WVU baseball fans have known for about a year that Steve Sabins would take over for the retiring Randy Mazey after the 2024 season. With West Virginia’s historic season ending in the NCAA Super Regional, the transition from Mazey to Saabins is now underway.

Sabins, who now has “head coach of WVU Baseball” as his bio on social media, offered his first message to Mountaineer Nation as the new leader of program on Tuesday.

“The 2024 team will always be remembered. The culmination of work and sacrifice put forward by Coach Mazey, players, and staff made it possible. The passion and generosity of fans and supporters made it possible. We will continue building WVU Baseball into something special,” said Sabins on X (Twitter).

Those highlights include being ranked inside the top 25 at one point for the eighth consecutive season, winning seven straight conference games, completing three conference sweeps, Grant Hussey breaking the WVU all-time home run record, the first time making back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances in decades, winning an NCAA Regional championship for the first time and reaching the program’s first ever NCAA Super Regional.

Sabins also posted a graphic that lists everything West Virginia accomplished in 2024.

Below is a refresher and re-introduction of West Virginia’s next head coach.

Sabins, who just finished his ninth year on Mazey’s staff, hails from Austin, Texas. Throughout his tenure with West Virginia, Sabin helped lead the charge in developing the WVU hitters and has been a big part of the recruiting effort that has brought in some of the best classes in the program’s history.

After initially starting off at WVU as just an assistant coach in 2018, Sabin worked his way up to recruiting coordinator in 2018, and then the top assistant head coach, a position he’s held since 2022.

Re-Introducing Steve Sabins as Next WVU Baseball Head Coach

WVU’s nationally ranked 2018 class, West Virginia’s first top-25 recruiting class ever, stands out as a big feather in the cap for Sabins. He followed up the 2018 class with another top 25 class in 2019, marking the first time WVU signed back-to-back top-25 classes.

As far as during games, Sabins has been mostly serving as the third base coach. While he has never been a head coach, Sabins is widely regarded as one of the best assistant coaches in the country. He even represented the Mountaineers at the Surefire Forum in 2020, an event that brings together some of the nation’s top coaches to promote the future of the game.

Before arriving in Morgantown, Sabins served as graduate assistant, plater development coordinator and then a volunteer assistant at Oklahoma State from 2012 to 2015.

Steve Sabins offered this brief statement when WVU announced he would be taking over for Mazey as head coach following the 2024 season.

“Eight years ago, Coach Mazey took a risk on me and hired the youngest Power 5 assistant in the country. I was unproven with no direct ties to West Virginia. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity he gave me and my family. I’ve worked hard every day since to prove him right and make WVU proud. Tabitha and I have poured our energy into this community, welcomed two children, Charlee and Tucker, and Morgantown has become home.”

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