May 22, 2009

Courtesy of Wake Forest Athletics

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest University will not renew the contract of head baseball coach Rick Rembielak when it expires on June 30.  Director of Athletics Ron Wellman made the announcement today.
“This was a very difficult decision,” said Wellman.  “Rick is a man of high integrity who has made many positive contributions to Wake Forest University and the Winston-Salem community.  However, our baseball program is not moving in the right direction competitively and this change was necessary to get back on course.
“We appreciate everything that Rick has done for the Wake Forest baseball program.  He has led the program in a professional manner for the last five years.  We wish him the very best.”
Rembielak spent five seasons as Wake Forest’s head coach, compiling a record of 142-142 including a 22-30 record in 2009.  He has a career mark of 515-393-1 in 16 seasons which includes a 373-251-1 record during 11 years as the head coach at Kent State.
Rembielak inherited a team that went 17-33 in 2004 and finished tied for eighth in the ACC with a 4-20 mark.  In his first season, he led the Deacons to a 28-30 record and improved the ACC mark to 12-18 and an eighth place finish.  Wake went 33-22 (16-13 ACC) in 2006 before posting a 34-29 (14-16) record in 2007.  That year, the Deacons qualified for the NCAA Tournament after a strong showing in the ACC Tournament.  Wake Forest entered the tournament as the No. 8 seed but went 2-1 in pool play to advance to the championship game where it lost to North Carolina.
Wake Forest fell off to 25-31 (13-16) in 2008 and 22-30 (6-24) in 2009.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Rembielak graduated from Central Catholic High School and was a three-year letterman at shortstop for Miami (Ohio) from 1979-81.  A 13th round pick of the Baltimore Orioles in 1981, he played in the Orioles, Cubs and Brewers organizations during his playing career.  Rembielak earned his master’s degree from Kent State in 1992.  He is a member of the Kent State University Hall of Fame, the Greater Akron Baseball Hall of Fame and the Stark County Hall of Fame.
A national search for a new coach will begin immediately.