Fite nearing deal to leave Augusta State

Thursday, June 25, 2009 4:07 PM
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Longtime Augusta State baseball coach Skip Fite is nearing a deal to head up the West Georgia program.

Fite confirmed earlier today he’s interviewed to become the Wolves’ head coach. David Folkes, who led West Georgia for 19 seasons, stepped down last month.

As of today, Fite waited to hear the results of a background check by West Georgia. Fite said that's just a formality. He has not yet submitted a resignation to Augusta State athletic director Clint Bryant.

An announcement is expected to be made Friday.

Fite, who has coached 25 seasons at Augusta State, is the most tenured coach in the athletic department. Fite owns a 624-667-1 record with the Jaguars.

Fite played second base at Chipola Junior College for two seasons before transferring to Valdosta State, where he became an All-American. Fite played briefly in the Minnesota Twins organization before becoming a player-manager for a professional team in Italy. Fite then became an assistant coach at West Georgia from 1978-81 before leading Brewton-Parker for four years. Fite started his first season with the Jaguars in 1985.

Fite’s finest season at Augusta State came in 2004 when the Jaguars advanced to the South Atlantic Regional. The Jaguars posted a season high for wins, finishing with a 38-18 record.

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Riverman1 06/25/09 - 04:37 pm
Fite had few resources at ASU

Fite had few resources at ASU and he worked hard. He did groundskeeping and many other tasks himself. He recruited my son and although my son ended up going elsewhere I was impressed by the man. Because he was paid as an instructor in the phys ed dept, the finances to replace him will be hard to come by. Remember when the school dropped the soccer team? Assuming it can be worked out, I'd beg Terry Holder to come out of retirement. He could work miracles at ASU with his local connections and may qualify as an instructor in the phys ed department as Fite did.

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