Brian Karlet has officially been named Georgetown College’s baseball coach after serving as the interim since late November when Erik Hagen resigned. Georgetown wanted to take its time in making a decision for the future and just this past week lifted Karlet’s interim tag.
“Brian has done a tremendous job in transition and obviously the team has responded well under his leadership,” GC Director of Athletics Eric Ward said. “It is always a great situation whenever we can find a Georgetown alum to lead one of our athletic programs. Brian has an understanding and appreciation for the academic and athletic expectations we place on our student-athletes.”
Karlet added, “It is definitely an honor. From day one I approached this as if I was already the head coach and not just for this year, but for the future. I was passionate about Tiger baseball when I was a player here, and I’m still passionate about the program now as its coach.”
And despite a rocky start to the regular season, the Tigers have been on a tear through the conference schedule. They swept St. Catharine, handing the Patriots their first Mid-South Conference losses. Just this past weekend the Tigers split with then No. 14 Rio Grande and are 14-4 in the MSC. GC is currently in third, a game back from Rio and two back from league-leader No. 21 Campbellsville University.
“We’ve done a much better job of competing inside the Mid-South Conference, but we have to find ways to get the wins against non-conference opponents,” Karlet said.
The Tigers have gone 15-11 since starting conference play, with seven of those losses to non-conference opponents. GC’s schedule has been a daily contest against stiff opposition such as two top 10 teams – No. 6 Lee University and No. 2 Cumberland University. The Tigers took the Flames to extra innings before losing 5-4, while the Bulldogs needed a ninth-inning homerun to take an 11-9 win.
The Tigers have also faced No. 24 Union College and Tennessee Wesleyan , which is receiving votes for the top 25.
But, interim tag or not, Karlet always stayed focused on the task at hand.
“It is an honor to serve as a coach for my alma mater,” he said. “I am thankful that this program has been entrusted to me and look forward to being here for as long as the college asks me to be.”