Longtime University of Miami baseball coach Ron Fraser died Sunday morning after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, his family announced Sunday.
His family issued a statement that didn’t include a cause of death, his age, which was thought to be 79, or other private details.
Fraser’s highly successful run with the Hurricanes included national championships in 1982 and 1985. His teams reached the College World Series in 12 of his 30 years as coach. When Fraser retired in 1992 after a 55-10 season ended in the College World Series, Miami had won 1,271 games and never experienced a losing season under his guidance.
His teams were frequent opponents of the University of Maine baseball team during its spring-break trips and the Hurricanes also traveled to Orono to play the Black Bears.
After his run ended at Miami, Fraser managed the 1992 U.S. Olympic baseball team.
Fraser not only was a winning coach but a master marketer. He elevated his program — and college baseball — to new heights with wacky promotions.
Miami’s baseball attendance nearly tripled during a seven-year period in the late 1970s. And by 1981, the Hurricanes were averaging more than 3,200 fans per game.
As far as national visibility, the entire College World Series is now annually televised as well as hundreds of regular-season games.
According to the university, Fraser had three children and five grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.