HOOVER, Ala. – After 33 years, 1,161 wins, 19 All-Americans, numerous coach of the year awards and Hall of Fame honors, former Razorback baseball head coach Norm DeBriyn had one more award to receive Saturday afternoon as he was officially named a Southeastern Conference Baseball Legend prior to the first semifinal game of the SEC Baseball Tournament.
DeBriyn along with Gabe Gross from Auburn, Cris Carpenter from Georgia and Scott Downs from Kentucky were all named the newest class of SEC Baseball Legends earlier this afternoon. DeBriyn joins former Razorback all-american Kevin McReynolds, who was part of the first class in 2012.
In a head coaching career that spanned four decades, DeBriyn took over as head coach of Razorback Baseball in 1970 at the age of 28. DeBriyn guided the Razorbacks to two Southwest Conference titles, one SEC title, one SEC Western Division title, 15 NCAA Tournament appearances and four NCAA College World Series appearances.
The Razorbacks had their best national finish in school history under DeBriyn in 1979 as they finished runner-up in the College World Series.
Upon his retirement, DeBriyn ranked 14th all-time in career wins among NCAA Division I head coaches with a record of 1,161-650-6 and a career winning percentage of .641. He still ranks as the University of Arkansas’ all-time victories leader.
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