Former Yankee champion Joe Girardi eyed for Northwestern head coaching job

Joe Girardi as a Yankees manager.

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Joe Girardi, a former player, and manager for the New York Yankees, is in the running for the head coaching job at Northwestern University, according to Girardi, who won four World Series rings with the Yankees, is an alumnus of Northwestern and is being considered alongside another former NU player, Mark Loretta.

The coaching position became available after Jim Foster was fired from the Wildcats earlier this week due to allegations of bullying and a toxic environment. Foster’s dismissal followed the firing of Pat Fitzgerald, an NU alum and the football coach.

Joe Girardi linked to an exciting new job opportunity

Joe Girardi - a former Yankees manager

Girardi’s status as a former Northwestern player and a World Champion could benefit the program as it aims to rebuild its reputation. While he lacks experience as a college head coach and hasn’t managed since being fired by the Philadelphia Phillies last season, Girardi’s successful tenure with the Yankees and his playing career make him a compelling candidate.

Girardi joined the Yankees in a trade before the 1996 season and played a significant role in the team’s success. He caught Dwight Gooden’s no-hitter, batted .294 that season, and contributed to the Yankees’ victory in the World Series. Over the next few seasons, he shared playing time with Jorge Posada and won two more World Series rings, including catching David Cone’s perfect game in 1999.

Joe Girardi - a former manager of the Yankees.

Following his retirement, Girardi worked as a broadcaster for the YES Network and served as the Yankees’ bench coach before becoming the manager for the Florida Marlins in 2006. However, he was fired later that year and returned to the Yankees organization as part of their broadcasts. Girardi took over as manager after the 2007 season, leading the team to a 910-710 record and a World Series title in 2009.

With a career record of 1,120-935 across his managerial stints with the Marlins, Yankees, and Phillies, Girardi brings a wealth of experience to the table. During his time at Northwestern from 1983 to 1986, he excelled as a player, earning two All-Big Ten selections and three Academic All-American honors. He even played in the prestigious Cape Cod League in 1984 and achieved All-Star status.

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