Baseball head coach Ty Harrington diagnosed with cancer, to undergo surgery

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Harrington underwent successful surgery Tuesday and is currently on his way to a speedy recovery and respectfully asks for privacy for him and his family.

"My family and I would like to thank everyone for all of their thoughts and prayers that have been sent our way," Harrington said. "We are extremely blessed to have so much support from our friends, family and Bobcat community. Go Bobcats!"

ORIGINAL:

Texas State baseball Coach Ty Harrington will undergo surgery Tuesday after being diagnosed with cancer.

Assistant Coach Jeremy Fikac, in his seventh season in the position, will be named interim head coach in Harrington’s place if necessary.

Harrington, the only Bobcat coach in team history to win two Southland Conference Coach of the Year awards (2009, 2011) has won 507 games in 14 seasons with Texas State. Harrington’s 57.2 winning percentage is the highest in Texas State baseball history. The Bobcats have never won fewer than 29 games during Harrington’s tenure.

Texas State won three consecutive Southland Conference championships with three NCAA Regional Tournament appearances under Harrington. The Bobcats set a program record with 41 wins in 2009 and 2011.

Fikac, a professional baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics and Montreal Expos, was promoted to recruiting coordinator and pitching coach in 2008. Fikac helped Texas State earn a NCAA Tournament berth and the program’s first Southland Conference Tournament Championship in 1997.