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Tracy Smith
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Tracy Smith 1867211
Position: Head Coach
Other Position: 2-time Big Ten Coach of the Year
Hometown: Kentland, Ind.
Alma Mater: Miami (Ohio)
Experience: 2 Years


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Tracy Smith, hired as the fifth head baseball coach in program history on June 24, 2014, led the Sun Devils to a postseason berth, a third-place finish in the Pac-12 and 30-plus wins in his first season at ASU.

He became one of five active coaches, and one of eight all-time, to bring three different Div. I schools to NCAA Regional play as he guided the Sun Devils to a No. 2 seed in the Fullerton Regional in 2015.

He has amassed a 639-480-1 career record in 19 seasons as a head coach at three different schools, including nine seasons at both Miami (Ohio) and Indiana, and one year at Arizona State. His 639 victories rank in the top 50 among active coaches in the NCAA, and his 19 seasons represent the fourth-shortest number of years on the list.

Smith instituted a change in culture at Arizona State and his demand for excellence both on and off the field was represented as the Devils led the Pac-12 in both all-conference and all-academic honorees.

His emphasis on defense became evident right away as ASU vastly improved its fielding percentage and lowered its number of errors committed in Smith’s first season. The Devils finished fourth in the Pac-12 in both categories in 2015 after ranking near the bottom of the conference from 2010-14. 

An accomplished fundraiser, Smith played a huge role in helping transition the Sun Devil Baseball program into Phoenix Municipal Stadium. His vision saw a renovated clubhouse, complete with an alumni locker room and an academics center, as well as an increased prominence on the program’s historical accomplishments. Smith also played a huge role in facility upgrades at both Indiana University and Miami (Ohio) and was instrumental in the approval and design of both Miami's Stanley G. McKie Field at Joseph P. Hayden Jr. Park and Indiana's Bart Kaufman Field.

Smith earned National Coach of the Year honors and was a unanimous choice for Big Ten Coach of the Year after he led IU to the school's only College World Series appearance in 2013. The following season in 2014, Smith led the Hoosiers to the No. 4 national seed in the NCAA Tournament, the first national seed in Big Ten baseball history.

“His accomplishments and accolades on the field speak for themselves, and his career has been defined by class, dignity and integrity,” Anderson said. “He will be a great fit within the ASU family, our baseball community and our current student-athletes, and we can’t wait for the new era of Sun Devil Baseball to begin under Tracy’s guidance.”

Smith came to Tempe with 18 years of experience as a collegiate head coach, including nine at Miami University (Ohio) and nine at IU, where he was two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year. He led both programs to a pair of NCAA Regional appearances and more than 600 combined career victories.

He tallied more than 40 wins in each of the past two seasons at IU and led the Hoosiers to consecutive Big Ten Conference Championships for the first time in school history. IU won the Big Ten regular season and B1G Tournament title in 2013, marking the school’s first regular season conference championship since 1949 and the first outright crown since 1932, and advanced to the 2013 College World Series, which ended the Big Ten’s 29-year CWS absence.

Smith took an IU program that had finished 10th in the Big Ten six times in an eight-year stretch between 2000 and 2007, and led the Hoosiers to an NCAA Regional in 2009 and to the College World Series in 2013. IU notched a program-best 21 conference wins in 2014 and secured eight first team All-Big Ten selections to tie a conference mark for most first team honorees from one school.

Smith has established a reputation of evaluating and developing talent as more than 50 student-athletes since 2000 improved their stock in the Major League Baseball Draft under Smith’s tutelage, including four who became first-round draft picks after going undrafted out of high school.

In 19 total years as a head coach, Smith has seen 63 of his players selected in the MLB Draft, including 56 draftees since 2000 and 27 in the first 10 rounds. He has mentored 31 Major League Baseball draft picks over the past seven seasons, including the fourth overall pick in the 2014 Major League Baseball June Amateur Draft (Kyle Schwarber) and three first-round selections in the 2009 MLB June Draft (Eric Arnett, Josh Phegley, Matt Bashore).

Smith’s Academic Progress Rate as a head coach increased each season until it reached a perfect 1000 in two-year stretch between 2008-10.

IU saw eight players on 12 occasions be named All-Americans under Smith, including four in 2014, which was the highest total in program history and the second straight season that IU produced three or more All-Americans.

Smith mentored two Big Ten Players of the Year, three Big Ten Pitchers of the Year and a pair of Big Ten Freshman of the Year in nine seasons at IU, and at least one Hoosier earned Freshman All-America honors in six of the past seven seasons in Bloomington.

He has landed three players on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and mentored numerous players at all positions, including outfielder Alex Dickerson, who was named Big Ten Player of the Year and won the Big Ten Triple Crown in 2010, right-handed pitcher Aaron Slegers, who was named 2013 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, and catcher Kyle Schwarber, who was named an All-American by five major college baseball groups in 2014.

In nine years at the helm of the RedHawks baseball program, Smith compiled eight straight 30-win seasons, two NCAA Regional appearances and advanced to the Mid-American Conference Tournament finals six times.

He began his coaching career as head coach at Miami University-Middletown in 1990, served as an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio) from 1993-94 and was the pitching coach at IU from 1995-96. 

A four-year letterwinner at Miami (Ohio), Smith was a pitcher and an infielder for the RedHawks, and played three minor league seasons in the Chicago Cubs organization. He also participated in 1992 Major League Scouting Bureau's Professional Scout School as a representative of the Cubs.

Born Feb. 14, 1966, Smith graduated with a bachelor's degree in Education from Miami (Ohio) in 1989 and completed a master's degree in Sport Organization from Miami (Ohio) in 1992.

A native of Kentland, Ind., Smith and his wife, Jaime, have three sons, Casey, Ty and Jack. Casey was a four-year letterwinner on the Hoosier baseball team while Ty is a member for the IU football team. Jack is a senior at Mountain Pointe High School.

Season Team Overall          Conference (Standing) Postseason                                      
1997 Miami (OH) 27-28 17-13 (4th)

MAC Tournament

1998 Miami (OH) 33-26 17-13 (3rd - East)

MAC Tournament

1999 Miami (OH) 34-27 20-12 (2nd - East)

MAC Tournament

2000 Miami (OH) 40-23 16-12 (3rd - East)

NCAA Regional

2001 Miami (OH) 35-25 16-12 (4th - East) MAC Tournament
2002 Miami (OH) 31-28 16-12 (3rd - East) MAC Tournament
2003 Miami (OH) 36-24-1 19-9 (2nd - East) MAC Tournament
2004 Miami (OH) 36-21 14-8 (1st - East) MAC Tournament
2005 Miami (OH) 45-18 17-4 (1st - East)

NCAA Regional

  Miami (OH) 317-220-1 152-95   
2006 Indiana 22-34 11-21 (10th)  
2007 Indiana 19-35 8-23 (10th)  
2008 Indiana 31-30 15-17 (6th) Big Ten Tournament
2009 Indiana 32-27 16-7 (3rd) NCAA Regional
2010 Indiana 28-27 12-12 (t-5th) Big Ten Tournament
2011 Indiana 30-25 11-13 (7th)  
2012 Indiana 32-28 16-8 (2nd) Big Ten Tournament
2013 Indiana 49-16 17-7 (1st) College World Series
2014 Indiana 44-15 21-3 (1st) First-ever Big 10 National Seed
  Indiana 287-237 127-111  
2015 Arizona State 35-23 18-12 (t-3rd) NCAA Regional
  Total 639-480-1    
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