After six seasons as the head baseball coach, Alabama is parting ways with Brad Bohannon. Check out why Brad Bohannon fired.
Brad Bohannon fired after link to suspicious bets.
Alabama has fired baseball coach Brad Bohannon just days after ESPN reported “suspicious wagering activity” related to the Crimson Tide baseball program.
That suspicious activity had caused regulators in a number of states, starting with Ohio, to stop taking bets on the team’s games.
We don’t know much more than that right now, but here’s what the university said in a statement on Thursday:
“Alabama director of athletics Greg Byrne announced he has initiated the termination process for head baseball coach Brad Bohannon for, among other things, violating the standards, duties, and responsibilities expected of University employees. Bohannon has been relieved of all duties and Jason Jackson will serve as the interim head coach. There will be no further comment at this time pending an ongoing review.”
Bohannon, 47, was dismissed amid an ongoing investigation into the program surrounding bets placed on the Tide’s April 28th game to LSU.
Ohio regulators halted betting on Monday, which was soon followed by sportsbooks in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Bohannon was born in Rome, Georgia, and played middle infield at Vanderbilt, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Berry College. He graduated with a master’s degree in business administration while an assistant coach at Wake Forest in 2022.
Bohannon then spent 11 years as an assistant coach at Kentucky and was the Wildcats’ recruiting coordinator.
After two years at Auburn as an assistant coach, Bohannon moved to Tuscaloosa and matched Wallace Wade’s 9-0 start to his managerial career, the second-best mark in school history dating back to 1924.
The Tide went 27-29 in Bohannon’s first year, an eight-win improvement from former head coach Greg Goff.
Alabama was a three-seed in the 2021 NCAA Ruston Regional, the 25th time the school had made the postseason. The Tide was 32-26 last year and reached the SEC tournament fourth round.
He finished his time with 166-124 record. Upon his hire, Bohannon was lauded as a “solid” hire as Byrne looked for a candidate with “strong collegiate experience.” Part of Bohannon’s strength was that as a recruiter. Alabama had multiple top-25 classes in his tenure.