Former Southern New Hampshire University associate head coach Pat Austin has informed the school's athletic director that he does not want to be considered for the head coaching vacancy left by Scott Loiseau.
Austin seemed to be the front-runner to replace departing coach Loiseau, who agreed to join former BC coach Mike Gambino as an assistant at Penn State. However, Austin recently broke the news to SNHU athletic director Anthony Fallacaro that he will not be coaching college baseball next spring.
"I have a son at home who is about to be 8 months old," Austin said. "It was very challenging once February kicked off, and I was on the road all the time. The rigors of the baseball season make it challenging because you're only home for a few days a month."
Austin joined the SNHU baseball program as an assistant coach prior to the 2013 season and had a front-row seat for one of the top D2 programs in the nation. SNHU made four College World Series appearances (2018, 2021, 2022, 2023) during Austin's tenure, and Loiseau earned Northeast-10 Coach of the Year five times. Austin is unsure of whether he would have returned for another season had Loiseau not followed Gambino to Penn State.