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UCF Dismisses Head Baseball Coach Greg Lovelady

Lovelady let go after seven seasons

Greg Lovelady
Photo: UCF Athletics

UCF Knights Baseball head coach Greg Lovelady was fired Saturday afternoon, according to a release from the program:

The move, first reported by’s Brandon Helwig, comes one day after the Knights fell to East Carolina in an American Athletic Conference Tournament elimination game in Clearwater, 7-6 in 13 innings. It was the Knights’ final game as a member of The American, with their expected transition to the Big 12 coming on July 1.

While Lovelady has not had a sub-30-win season during his time at UCF (discounting the COVID-shortened 2020 season), he has not led UCF to the NCAA Tournament since his initial 2017 campaign. He finishes his seven-season tenure 225-149 overall.

Greg Lovelady Era at UCF

Year Overall AAC Record AAC Standings Final RPI AAC Tournament NCAA Postseason
Year Overall AAC Record AAC Standings Final RPI AAC Tournament NCAA Postseason
2017 40-22 15-9 1st 26 2-2, L Semis 0-2
2018 35-21 13-10 4th 45 0-2 --
2019 36-22 11-11 6th 48 2-2, L Semis --
2020 15-3 0-0 3rd 22 NOT HELD NOT HELD
2021 31-30 18-14 5th 84 3-2, L Final --
2022 35-25 14-10 2nd 83 3-2, L Semis --
2023 33-26 12-12 4th 114** 1-2 --
Total 225-149 83-66 -- -- 11-12 1 Appearance
NOTE: 2020 season shortened due to COVID ** RPI ranking as of May 22, 2023

“We appreciate all of Greg’s hard work, effort and commitment over his seven seasons,” Terry Mohajir, UCF vice president and director of athletics, said in a press release. “There’s no doubt he’s a high-character individual. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Lovelady was hired back in July 2016, after three seasons as the head coach of Wright State in which he took the Raiders to two NCAA Tournaments.