Sources confirmed the move on Saturday and said an official announcement is expected early next week. Stricklin declined comment to FOXSportsOhio.com on Saturday afternoon.
Stricklin signed a six-year contract extension with Kent State last September, three months after the Golden Flashes advanced to Omaha and the College World Series and knocked out top-seeded Florida while there.
He was the head coach at Kent State for nine seasons and maintained the same coaching staff for his entire tenure, something that's almost unprecedented and played a huge part in the success the program had. His overall record is 350-188, and his teams had made five straight NCAA tournament appearances before this season.
Scott Stricklin Bio
• ONE NCAA COLLEGE WORLD SERIES APPEARANCE
• ONE NCAA SUPER REGIONAL BERTH
• FIVE NCAA REGIONAL BERTHS
• FIVE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT TITLES
• FOUR REGULAR SEASON CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
• 30 MLB FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT PICKS
• 40 ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS
• THREE-TIME MAC COACH OF THE YEAR
• 2011 ABCA MIDEAST REGION COACH OF THE YEAR
• 2011 USA BASEBALL COLLEGIATE NATIONAL TEAM ASSISTANT COACH
Stricklin, 41, brought Kent State to new heights in 2012. 47 wins was a school record and a trip to Omaha was the first College World Series appaearance in program history. The CWS followed the Flashes' first NCAA Super Regional Championship, first NCAA Regional Championship and the fourth consecutive MAC Tournament title. After leading the team to the record books, Stricklin was honored for the second-consecutive season as the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Mideast Coach of the Year and the MAC Coach of the Year. He was also named College Baseball Insider.com Co-National Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the 2012 campaign. The Flashes ranked fifth in the nation at the end of the season, the highest ranking in team history, after upsetting the number one seed, Florida, in College World Series play and being one of five teams remaning in the tournament. Kent State was honored in Omaha for having the highest team GPA of all the eight participants.
Stricklin lettered three seasons as a catcher at Kent State for Hall. He earned All-Mid-American Conference honors in 1992 and '93 and was named to the 1993 NCAA South II Regional All-Tournament team. In those two seasons, he handled pitching staffs ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation in earned-run average.
Stricklin graduated magna cum laude from Kent State in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Stricklin and his wife Cheri have two daughters Sydney (9) and Keaton (4), and son Cale (7).