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Miami baseball coach Fraser to retire after Summer Games

Ron Fraser of Miami, college baseball's winningest active coach, said Tuesday he will retire after coaching the U.S. Olympic team.

Fraser, 55, will finish the current NCAA season, his 30th at Miami, then lead the U.S. team at Barcelona. Fraser's record is 1,219-428-9, including 11 trips to the College World Series and national championships in 1982 and '85. The Hurricanes, off to a 3-0 start, are expected to contend for another title this year.

"I didn't want this decision to be a distraction for this ballclub or for me, too," Fraser said."I'm going to enjoy this last year and then go do the Olympic thing."

Fraser, has been rumored to be a candidate for a Florida Marlins front-office job but said he will honor the last three years on his contract as a university fund-raiser.

"Never say never, but my plans do not include (major-league) baseball," Fraser said. "I plan to come back to the university and do what I can for the university."

Athletic director Dave Maggard said a search for a replacement will begin immediately.

Fraser helped build baseball from a little-noticed sport to a popular event at a modern stadium. The team drew more than 100,000 fans last season for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons.

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