Statement from Ross Bjork on Chris Finwood’s departure

22 06 2011

Per WKU:

“Chris Finwood and I just finished a conference call with our baseball student-athletes to inform them that he submitted his resignation to me on Tuesday to accept the head coaching position at Old Dominion University.  Coach Finwood did an outstanding job as our head baseball coach over the last six seasons.  Chris and I discussed his future here at WKU many times and again once the season concluded.  We held a shared vision and high aspirations for our baseball program to excel in our conference and nationally.  Over two weeks ago, we offered him a contract extension that provided more financial and long term security for him and the program.  We also committed a significant increase in the assistant salary pool to achieve the goal of staff continuity.  On Monday of this week, we presented new terms and additional incentives to his contract and our hope was for him to accept this extension and move ahead as our coach for a long time to come.

“In the end, we did everything in our power to retain Coach Finwood, but we could not compete with his deep family ties and previous coaching experiences within the state of Virginia.  I respect Chris and Annette’s decision and this unique personal opportunity was one they could not turn down.  Coach Finwood has built a great infrastructure for WKU baseball to flourish in the future and we wish the Finwood family all the best.  Our program will attract a number of quality candidates that can lead WKU baseball to next level results on the field and in the classroom.  The process of identifying and hiring the best person to serve as our next head baseball coach will begin immediately.”

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