Smith heading to Arizona State

Tracy Smith is leaving Indiana to become the head baseball coach at Arizona State, a source confirmed on Tuesday night.

Smith was named college baseball’s Coach of the Year by the National College Baseball Writers Association in 2013 after leading Indiana to its first College World Series in school history. He was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in both 2013 and 2014. He won Big Ten Tournament championships in 2009, 2013 and 2014 and led the Hoosiers to regular season titles in 2013 and 2014. The Hoosiers hadn’t won a Big Ten regular season title since 1932 and had never won both titles in the same season before Smith’s arrival.

The Big Ten hadn’t had a team participating in the College World Series since 1984 before the Hoosiers broke that streak. The conference had never had a top-eight seed in the NCAA Tournament since the modern format was created in 1999, but the Hoosiers broke that by being named the No. 4 seed in this year’s tournament. They were surprisingly eliminated in the Bloomington Regional, however, on a walk-off home run by Tommy Edman of Stanford.

Smith finishes his nine year Indiana career with a record of 287-237. His career record is 604-457-1.

Smith takes over for Tim Esmay, who resigned after the season despite posting a 201-94-1 record in five years. The Sun Devils had a disappointing 2014 campaign, however, going 33-24 and losing the first two games of an NCAA regional.

4 comments

  1. I was hearing this the whole time I was in Omaha last week. ASU was putting it out there and was ready to throw tons of money at him. Also they are finishing up a really nice new facility. Tracy likes to recruit California and this makes sense. Also ASU used to be a CWS staple year in and out. With the right leadership could be back at that level again. These opportunities don’t come along very often. Good luck Coach! I wish you well.

  2. If Glass was smart, his first call would be to Travis Jewett at Vanderbilt. He is young and has been apart of a pretty successful organization for a few years.

  3. what new facility? there is no new facility anywhere near done. they are playing at phx muni stadium at least next year and probably longer. I work a 5 minute walk from Packard stadium where asu used to play and in my opinion its too bad they didn’t just upgrade that place right on campus. I just hope IU doesn’t lose the momentum they built the last few years because it can disappear fast. purdue was the last big ten champ before IU now look at them

  4. The new facility statement was coming from national writers in the press box. Maybe they know something that is coming soon or what they were telling Smith. It was the USA Today writer and the SI writer talking about the new stadium. Maybe ASU did what IU did and promised a new facility within a certain time frame to attract him. I was just relaying what we heard while we were out there. Also I had press passes because a good friend of mine is the media coordinator for the CWS for the NCAA and hooked us up. Great press area and a great view of the games from there. Got to meet some interesting people from the local papers of the 8 teams. Especially the UCI guys. Definitely Cali dudes.

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