Indiana hires Fred Nori as assistant coach

Indiana announced the hiring Tuesday of Fred Nori as an assistant baseball coach, filling the void left when Dan Simonds left to coach IMG Academy. IU coach Tracy Smith said previously that he would look to hire an assistant to serve as an interim coach for this year and find a long-term solution before the 2015 season, and Nori appears to fit the bill for that. Nori, who graduated from Indiana in 1965, last coached as a volunteer assistant at Xavier in 2009 after a stint as a volunteer assistant at IU in 2007. He has, however, been one of Smith’s mentors in the coaching business. The release on his hiring follows.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Baseball head coach Tracy Smith officially announced the hiring of assistant coach Fred Nori on Tuesday (Jan. 21). Nori returns to Bloomington after serving as a volunteer assistant coach under Smith in 2007 and a Hoosier student-athlete from 1961-65.

“Losing a coach in the middle of the year was the result of some special circumstances,” said Coach Smith. “Trying to hire someone in the middle of the year involves special circumstances. With Fred Nori, we hit the jack pot. Not only is Fred an IU guy, a long-time successful coach in the state of Ohio, but he is someone I have leaned on every single year I have coached dating back to the early 90’s. I am glad he will be sitting in my dugout rather than at the other end of a telephone.”

“When I think of baseball I think of what Babe Ruth said; `Baseball was, is, and always will be the best game in the world,’ said Nori. “I appreciate the opportunity that Indiana and Tracy have given to me to get back in the game. I’m looking forward to being a part of and building on this program’s success.”

This marks Nori’s third stint as a member of Smith’s coaching staff, also assisting for the 2005 Mid-American Conference Tournament Champion and NCAA Regional participant Miami University RedHawks. As a member of the 2009 Xavier Baseball staff, Nori advanced to the NCAA Regional once again following an Atlantic 10 Tournament title.

Nori has a long history of excellence in Ohio High School baseball, owning over 20 years of head coaching experience that includes a Class A State Championship.

After his playing days donning the Cream and Crimson ended, Nori went on to play professional baseball for three seasons. He hit .284 with five homeruns and 55 RBI while a member of the New York Mets organization.

Nori earned his IU degree in 1965 and a master’s degree from Xavier in 1969.

Nori and his wife, Sani, have four children and five grandchildren. Their sons, Micah and Brady, both played college baseball. Micah played for Indiana (1994-97) while Brady competed under the tutelage of Smith at Miami (1998-2001). Micah and then-pitching coach Tracy Smithhelped lead IU to the 1996 Big Ten Tournament crown. Micah is currently an assistant coach for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. Daughter, Denaire, has history in IU Athletics as well; acting as a women’s basketball manager and earning an IU degree in 1995.

• Xavier University Volunteer Assistant Coach – 2009
– Atlantic 10 Tournament Champions
– NCAA Regional Participant

• Indiana University Volunteer Assistant Coach – 2007

• Miami University Volunteer Assistant Coach – 2005
– Mid-American Conference Tournament Champions
– NCAA Regional Participant

• Middletown High School (Middletown, Ohio) Head Coach – 1975-78 & 1993-97

• Fenwick High School (Middletown, Ohio) Head Coach – 1964-74 & 1990-92 – 1974 Ohio High School Class A State Champions