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Legendary Texas Longhorns coach Cliff Gustafson dies at 91

Austin (KXAN) — Cliff Gustafson, one of the founding fathers of the Texas Longhorns baseball, has died at the age of 91.

His legendary coaching career with the Longhorns spanned over 29 years and led to two national championships (1975 and 1983) and 22 Southwestern Conference titles. He finished with an astounding .795 win percentage on 1,466 wins and 377 losses as Texas head coach.

Gustafson replaced Bibb Falk as head baseball coach for the Longhorns in 1968, after 14 seasons as a high school coach in San Antonio. He led Texas to 18 College World Series appearances.

Past and present: Cliff Gustafson, Augie Garrido and David Pearce meet on the field before the 2018 Homecoming Game (Andrew Schnitker/KXAN)

When Gustafson retired in 1996, he held the record for the most wins in NCAA Division I history – he still ranks seventh on the list.

A member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Gustafson was named National Coach of the Year in 1982 and 1983.

Gustafson’s career with the Longhorns actually began in 1952 as a player on the Texas team that reached the College World Series after winning the Southwestern Conference championship. Coach “Gus” is one of the few in the sport to have played and coached in the College World Series.

Since Gustafson’s departure from 40 Acres, he has remained a strong supporter of Longhorns baseball, supporting successors to UT coaches Augie Garrido and David Pierce.

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