The University of Oregon will begin its search for a new baseball coach.

George Horton is out following 11 seasons on the bench after Oregon brought baseball back to the school. Horton posted on Twitter that he and the university agreed not to have him return next year when the mutual option in his contract would have paid him $500,000.

“This was not an easy decision, but I believe it to be the best at this point in my career,” Horton wrote. “I am thankful for the relationships and opportunities that I was given as the head coach of Oregon baseball and I wish them the best moving forward. I am excited to spend some time with my family as I enter the next chapter of my career and look forward to new opportunities and challenges.”

Horton, 65, was scheduled to meet with the media Wednesday, but the meeting was canceled Tuesday night.

“I want to thank George for leading Oregon baseball with distinction for the last 11 seasons and for laying the foundation for future success,” UO athletic director Rob Mullens said in a statement. “George had a positive impact on both our baseball student-athletes and on the University itself, and this sure-fire Hall of Famer has been a tremendous ambassador for the school and for the game of baseball. We wish him and his family all of the best moving forward.”

— The (Eugene) Register-Guard