Edinburg: Ogletree Plaza

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The Ogletree Plaza opened Feb. 24, 2017 and features a statue of legendary Baseball Head Coach Emeritus Al Ogletree. The new entry plaza to the UTRGV Baseball Stadium honors Ogletree and his late wife of 62 years, Joann.

Ogletree Plaza honors Ogletree, known affectionately by all as “Coach Al,” and Joann for their commitment, dedication and investment in the baseball program, athletic department, university and community at large.

Among the students, faculty, staff and community leaders at the ceremony were former players and Hall of Famers. Speakers included Gary Doyle (PAC ’71), Jack Ewing (PAU ’76) and Tim Tully (PAC ’71).

In 29 years as the head coach of the baseball team from 1968-97, Coach Al compiled a record of 1,084-618-1 (.637) while leading the team to 13 NCAA Regionals and one College World Series. He retired in 1997 with 1,217 career wins, and currently stands as the 30th winningest coach in NCAA history.

Al and Joann were married for 62 years when Joann passed away at the age of 83 on May 21, 2014. In addition to caring for their five children, Joann mentored many young couples while serving as a matriarch for the baseball team.

The Ogletrees founded the Al and Joann Ogletree Scholarship Endowment, which is comprised of over 130 donors. The impact of this remarkable couple will last forever.

Download Ogletree Plaza Map (22KB PDF)

Ogletree Plaza at the UTRGV Baseball Field