TAMPA – University of South Florida Director of Athletics Mark Harlan announced today that Head Baseball Coach Lelo Prado has accepted the position of associate director of athletics for administration and external services and will join he USF Athletics Department senior administrative staff following the conclusion of the current baseball season. USF will begin a national search for a new head coach immediately.
“I am looking forward to the next chapter in my career,” Prado said. “I am very thankful for my wife, Pam, and my sons, Jason, Tyler and Zach, and the sacrifices they have made in supporting my coaching career.
“I would like to thank Mark Harlan for the opportunity to move into the administrative side of athletics and apply the experience I’ve gained during a long career in coaching. It is not easy to leave my players, coaches and the game of baseball, but the time is right to take on a new challenge. Mark has tremendous leadership and vision for USF Athletics, and I am excited to work alongside him and the rest of the staff in a broader role.”
USF will (26-29) begin the American Athletic Conference Tournament on Wednesday when the fifth-seeded Bulls take on fourth-seeded Rutgers (29-23) at Brighthouse Field in Clearwater.
In his eight years at USF Prado’s teams have won 250 games. Prado brings 26 years of experience and nearly 850 wins as a head coach to the USF Athletics administration, including 11 years leading the Louisville baseball program and seven as head coach at the University of Tampa where he won back-to-back NCAA Division II National Championships in 1992 and 1993.
“I appreciate everything Lelo has done for the USF baseball program and believe he has helped put it in a position to be great,” Harlan said. “I am very excited that he has agreed to join our administrative leadership team. Lelo’s tremendous personality, presence in the community and talent for connecting with people will be a great asset. It is a critical component to have someone with his coaching experience on staff and I expect he will be a vital resource in mentoring many of our young coaches.”