Sun Devil baseball will begin playing at Phoenix Municipal Stadium at the start of the 2015 season.
Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton, ASU President Dr. Michael Crow and Vice President for University Athletics Steve Patterson were among the five speakers.
ASU takes on Arizona Tuesday in Tucson in the first of five Territorial Cup games
ASU plays UNLV in Las Vegas Wednesday, three-game series against USC over the weekend
Freshman RJ Ybarra secured his second game-winning hit in the past three games
Coach Esmay joins the 100-win club at ASU
A recap from coach Esmay's 100th win
A look at coach Esmay's 100 wins as head coach at ASU
Head coach Tim Esmay ranks near the top of a storied group
Tim Esmay hopes to take ASU baseball program to new heights (Arizona Republic/June 2, 2010)
Head Baseball Coach Tim Esmay's Success From The Field To The MLB Draft (Thesundevils.com/June 7, 2012)
**2010 Pac-10 Coach of the Year**
Former Sun Devil player and assistant coach Tim Esmay is entering his fourth season as Head Baseball Coach at Arizona State and 13th overall season with the program. Esmay spent five seasons as an assistant coach for ASU Baseball, including three as Assistant Head Coach. A former Sun Devil player and assistant coach, he played two seasons as an infielder under Jim Brock in 1986 and 1987 and was a member of Brock's coaching staff from 1988 to 1990 and in 1994. Esmay owns an overall coaching record of 344-283-1, including a 131-48 mark at Arizona State. Esmay's .810 winning percentage over his first 100 games at Arizona State is the second highest in school history.
Through three seasons at the helm of the Sun Devil baseball team, coach Esmay has guided ASU to the highest regular-season winning percentage in the Pac-12 since 2010 and is the second-fastest coach in ASU history to reach 100 wins after passing the century mark this year in an 11-2 win over UC Riverside on Feb. 26.He has orchestrated six three-game series sweeps twice in his three-year tenure, including in 2012, after the feat had only been accomplished 10 times in the 30 years prior to his arrival. The Sun Devils also recorded four straight Pac-12 home series sweeps in 2012 for the first time since 1988 and only the third time in program history.
Thirty-one Sun Devils have been taken in the MLB Draft in coach Esmay's three seasons at ASU, which is the most of any Div. I school in that time span and five more than the next closest team, Florida.Coach Esmay produced an NCAA-best 10 selections in the recent 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, including five in the first five rounds for the first time in program history since 1984.
Esmay turned in one of the most memorable debut seasons at a school in history in 2010. After being named interim head coach on December 3, 2009, Esmay made his debut as Arizona State's head baseball coach on February 19, 2010, an 8-0 win over Northern Illinois. That started a winning streak that would last 24 games, breaking the school record set in 1961 for most consecutive victories to open a season. Esmay and the Devils finished the regular season with a 52-10 record, including a 20-7 mark in Pac-10 play. Arizona State won another Pac-10 title and was the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Sun Devils would win all five postseason games played at Packard Stadium, including two thrilling Super Regional wins over Arkansas to send Arizona State to the College World Series for the second straight year. For his efforts, Esmay was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Zack MacPhee was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and Seth Blair was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, while MacPhee was also a unanimous First Team All-American.
Esmay was the head baseball coach at the University of Utah from 1997 to 2004, winning a WAC title and WAC Coach of the Year honors in 1997. In eight seasons at Utah he compiled a 213-235-1 record. Esmay had 18 of his players go on to play professional baseball, including three from his last team in 2004. He also had 27 players earn all-conference honors during his tenure. Esmay's eight-year career at Utah also saw his teams completely rewrite the Ute record books. In his first season directing the Utah baseball program, Esmay did what no Ute coach had done in 32 years when he led Utah to a WAC division title and a 36-21-1 record in 1997. The Utes posted a 22-8 record in the Northern Division that year. They also set nine school records as Esmay was named the 1997 Louisville Slugger WAC Coach of the Year. In 2002, Esmay guided Utah to a 33-26 overall and 16-14 conference record. The 33 wins is the second most in school history since 1963, and the second-place league finish is the Utes best since joining the MWC in `99. Senior pitcher Mitch Maio garnered 2002 MWC Co-Player of the Year honors.
Esmay began his coaching career following his playing days at Arizona State (1986-87). He served as an assistant coach at Arizona State under Jim Brock from 1988 to 1990, then again in Brock's final season of 1994. He returned to Arizona State in 2005 as an assistant coach, helping the team to a third place national finish and an appearance in the College World Series. He was named the Assistant Head Coach prior to the 2007 season and served in that capacity for three seasons.
Over his playing and coaching career, Esmay has been a part of numerous teams that played in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, including once as a player in 1987, twice as an assistant under Jim Brock in 1988 and 1994, three times as an assistant under Pat Murphy in 2005, 2007 and 2009, and once as a head coach in 2010.
Esmay was a two-year starter for the Sun Devils following an All-American career at Scottsdale Community College. The infielder hit .305 (121-for-397) during his two years in Tempe with 23 doubles and five home runs. He was a member of ASU's 1987 College World Series team and was named to the All-West Region team that season. Esmay was inducted into the Scottsdale Community College Hall of Fame in 2011. He hit .397 during his career at SCC and is still the school's record holder for career doubles.
A graduate of Horizon High School, where his number 5 was retired in 1998, Esmay also coached at Brophy College Prep in Phoenix for two years (1992-93) and was an assistant at Grand Canyon University (1995) and Utah (1996) before taking over the head job in Salt Lake City in 1997.
Esmay as ASU Head Coach
|2010||52-10||20-7||Pac-10 Champs/College World Series/Pac-10 Coach of the Year|
|2011||43-18||17-10||Advanced to NCAA Super Regionals|
|2012||36-20||18-12||Third-best record in Pac-12/4 straight Pac-12 home series sweeps|
|Totals||131-48||55-29||1 CWS Appearance, 1 Pac-10 Title, 2 NCAA Tournaments|
Esmay's Head Coaching Record At Utah