Statement from Finwood on his departure

22 06 2011

Per WKU:

Statement from Chris Finwood

The six years I spent as the head baseball coach at Western Kentucky were in many ways the most rewarding years of my career.  This university has a tremendous leader in Dr. Ransdell, and I cannot thank him enough for the support he has given me and our program.  I also really enjoyed the year I spent working with Ross Bjork, and there is no question WKU athletics has bright years ahead under his watch.  Ross and I had many conversations both during this past season and recently, and I really appreciate his candor and support.  He offered a very fair extension to me and has a vision for continuing to improve the baseball program, and my leaving is in no way a reflection on anything at WKU.

This is just a unique opportunity for our family that we cannot turn down.  I am very proud of all that we accomplished in the last six years.  We did some special things, and none of it would have happened without a tremendous assistant coaching staff, players who bought into the right way to do things, and a loyal and hard working support staff.  Our fan base increased each year, and I cannot begin to thank our fans and the wonderful people in Bowling Green for everything you have done for our family.  The Bowling Green community has a special place in my heart and always will.  To see the wonderful spirit that exists here every day is amazing.  This program is bigger than any one individual, and I am confident the next head coach will continue the progress we made and take this program to even higher levels.

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22 06 2011
Rich

He leaves for inferior baseball team and an inferior baseball league. If his drive to be the best has left him – which I say it has based on this decision – then WKU is better off without him. We will get a coach in here that has the drive and fire to succeed, not settle for a job with a friend who he thinks will be satisfied with any results and never fire him. I get that he is from there, but I don’t thnk that was the main factor in his decision.

Good luck Coach Finwood, but we are better off getting a coach that still has a passion to succeed, not accept being average.

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