When the Michigan baseball team went to practice on Tuesday, it found associate athletic director Megan McCallister waiting to inform them that coach Geoff Zahn was in a meeting with Unviersity administrators. Zahn was missing from yesterday”s practice as well.
“He wasn”t around,” junior Jeremy Stein said. “We were told it”s between him and the athletic department.”
The Ann Arbor News reported Zahn”s desk was cleaned out and speculation of a coaching change has begun to arise. It also reported that pitching coach Steve Foster announced his resignation last Friday. But Foster did show up to the past two day”s practices.
“I know there”s been other offers” from other schools for Foster, Stein said.
Foster once a minor league pitcher who was in the Reds” system with former Wolverines including Barry Larkin, Hal Morris and Chris Sabo was entering his second year as Michigan”s pitching coach.
Athletic Director Bill Martin could not be reached for comment.
Zahn was suspended for several days by Michigan in June of 2000 after players sent the athletic department letters complaining of Zahn”s coaching style.
In six years as coach of Michigan, Zahn has a 162-168-2 record, including a Big Ten Tournament championship and NCAA appearance in 1999. He also earned the 1997 Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year.
Last year”s team finished 28-28 as runner-ups in the Big Ten Tournament.
Zahn pitched in the Major Leagues for 13 years with four different teams.