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ASU Announces Change In Leadership For Baseball Program
Courtesy: Sun Devil Athletics
Release: 06/09/2014
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Statement from Ray Anderson, Vice President For University Athletics

“Today I am announcing baseball coach Tim Esmay has resigned. Coach Tim has done a fine job the past five seasons and the Sun Devil nation will always respect and thank him for his efforts in steadying our program during a difficult time. We will begin a national search immediately that will have no limits in securing a head coach that is the best fit for Sun Devil Baseball. Our goals between the foul lines remain competing for Pac-12 titles, hosting NCAA Regional and Super Regional action in our new ballpark, and regular trips to Omaha.”

Ray Anderson’s press conference on June 9

On the decision to let Tim Esmay go

“It’s always a difficult day when you have to make any move like this regarding someone you like and respect. We accept Coach Esmay’s resignation as our baseball coach and we will commence a vigorous search immediately.”

On his expectations for the program

“We want to see strong leadership. We want to see energy. We want to see a culture of passion for the sport. We want to see an ability to feel good about being the best in class and being an elite program. We want to see a culture that is going to reinvigorate and recapture the elite status that this Arizona State University program had back in the championship era. That’s what we have promised and that is what we intend to deliver.” 

On the timing of Esmay’s resignation and its affect on the program’s move to Phoenix Municipal Stadium prior to the 2015 season

“There is never a good time, but certainly, Phoenix Muni is perceived as a potential boost. Is it an opportunity to reset and have a fresh start? I think it’s reasonable to think that. New leadership of this baseball program will hopefully be able to plug right in to that enthusiasm and that ability to have kind of a fresh start.”

On the coaching search

“It’s going to be an exhaustive search. Very frankly, it’s not going to be very limited. We won’t necessarily be limited to looking at current colligate coaches. There are some great coaches, and potential coaches, in a variety of places, including Major League Baseball and the minor leagues. It’s not going to be limited. We think this is one of the top four or five elite programs and destinations for college baseball, and we anticipate very sincere and aggressive interest in this position.”

On a timetable for the search

“We are going to start the search immediately. Now that the decision on the resignation and separation has been made, you can imagine that we are going to start getting emails and phone calls and text messages immediately. However, we want to be thorough and we are not going to rush our way into a decision if we’re not ready to make one. We will make it as quickly as we can, so long as the parameters of quality are met. And they will be.”

On the characteristics he wants to see in the next head coach

“Leadership. Real, strong leadership is important, particularly to get where we are planning to get in all of our sports. Certainly, passion for the student-athlete experience is going to be critical. Real drive on the academics is going to be really critical. Certainly, to Coach Esmay’s credit, he was very effective at the academic side of being a coach. Whoever comes in is going to have to meet that challenge and meet that standard that Coach Esmay has left with that program, which is that academics are very important. We applaud him for that. The next person is going to be challenged to do better.” 

Tim Esmay (2010-14) led the Sun Devil Baseball program for five seasons and was a part of the program for 16 years as a head coach, assistant coach and a student-athlete. 

Esmay put together a 201-94-1 mark at ASU and an overall coaching record of 414-329-2. He won 90 Pac-10/12 Conference games and 33 conference series’, and recorded 52 wins over ranked opponents, including 19 against top-10 teams.

His .679 winning percentage in his five seasons at the helm of the Devils is the 10th highest winning percentage in conference history and was the highest winning percentage among the 11 active head coaches in the Pac-12. 

He guided ASU to 24-game winning streak, a Pac-10 Championship, the No. 1 overall seed and a berth in the College World Series in 2010 and was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. He is one of two managers in school history to lead the Sun Devils to the postseason in four of their first five seasons in Tempe and went 11-8 in the postseason. 

ASU leads the Pac-12 in First Team All-Conference selections with 24 since 2010 and leads the NCAA with 41 MLB draft picks since 2010. 

A program-best nine student-athletes were named to 2014 Pac-12 Conference All-Academic teams, and over the past five years, the baseball program has elevated its GSR from 30-percent to 76-percent. Baseball posted a program-best 992 APR rate in 2013, successfully moving from last place to second in the Pac-12 in a short period of time

Esmay as ASU Head Coach

Year

Overall

Pac-12  

Notes

2010

52-10

20-7

Pac-10 Champs/College World Series/Pac-10 Coach of the Year

2011

43-18

17-10

Finished second in Pac-10/Advanced to NCAA Super Regionals

2012

36-20

18-12

Third-best record in Pac-12/ineligible for postseason due to sanctions 

2013

37-22-1

16-14

Tied for fourth in Pac-12/Advanced to NCAA Regionals 

2014

33-24

19-11  

Finished third in Pac-12/Advanced to NCAA Regionals

Totals

201-94-1  

90-54

1 CWS Appearance, 1 Pac-10 Title, 4 NCAA Tournaments

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