Western Kentucky baseball coach Chris Finwood is leaving the Hilltoppers after six seasons to take the head coaching job at Old Dominion.

Finwood led WKU to the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship in Lafayette in 2008 and a co-championship in 2009.  In both years, WKU advanced to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to an NCAA Tournament Final in Oxford in 2009.  In a statement released on wkusports.com, Finwood said,

This is just a unique opportunity for our family that we cannot turn down.  I am very proud of all that we accomplished in the last six years.  We did some special things, and none of it would have happened without a tremendous assistant coaching staff, players who bought into the right way to do things, and a loyal and hard working support staff.  Our fan base increased each year, and I cannot begin to thank our fans and the wonderful people in Bowling Green for everything you have done for our family.  The Bowling Green community has a special place in my heart and always will.  To see the wonderful spirit that exists here every day is amazing.  This program is bigger than any one individual, and I am confident the next head coach will continue the progress we made and take this program to even higher levels.

This will be a homecoming for Finwood, who was previously head coach at VMI.  The athletics director of the Monarchs, Dr. Wood Selig, hired Finwood away from Auburn when Selig was AD at WKU.