TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona State University head baseball coach Tracy Smith has added Fred Nori to his staff as a volunteer assistant coach, Smith announced Friday.
Nori joins recruiting coordinator and hitting coach Ben Greenspan and pitching coach Brandon Higelin on the Sun Devils’ coaching staff.
“I appreciate the opportunity that Tracy is giving me, and I’m excited to be working with him again as he begins the next chapter of his coaching career at Arizona State,” Nori said. “I have enjoyed following and coaching with Tracy for the past 20 years as he builds championship teams that understand how to compete and how to win, and most importantly, how to do it the right way. His teams have always played with a lot of discipline and a hate-to-lose mentality. I just hope to play a part in continuing the rich tradition of the one of the top baseball programs in the country.”
This marks Nori’s fourth stint working with Smith after he served as the volunteer assistant for Indiana University in 2014 and 2007, and for Miami University in 2005.
“Our kids do not know yet how lucky they are to have Fred Nori in our dugout,” Smith said. “He is one of the best baseball people I know. However, the main reason I’m excited for our kids is Fred is also one of the best people I know. We are lucky to have him.”
Nori has three conference tournament championships, three NCAA Regional berths and two regular season conference crowns in four seasons as a Div. I assistant coach.
He was a member of the 2014 IU team that won the Big Ten Conference championship and tournament championship, and became the first program in Big Ten history to earn a national seed. The RedHawks finished first in the Mid-American Conference, won the MAC Tournament championship and were an NCAA Regional participant in 2005. Nori was also a member of the 2009 Xavier Baseball staff, where he helped the Musketeers win the Atlantic 10 Tournament title and advance to an NCAA Regional.
Smith coached both of Nori’s sons to conference championships and postseason berths at IU and Miami University, respectively. Smith mentored Nori’s oldest son, Micah, from 1994-97 as the pitching coach at IU and helped lead the Hoosiers to the 1996 Big Ten Tournament crown and an appearance in the Wichita State Regional. He was the head coach for his youngest son, Brady, at Miami from 1998-2001 and led the RedHawks to a MAC Tournament Championship and a spot in the Tempe Regional in 2000.
Nori has a long history of excellence in Ohio high school baseball and owns more than 20 years of head coaching experience that includes a Class A State Championship.
Nori went on to play professional baseball for three seasons after his playing days at IU ended and he hit .284 with five home runs and 55 RBI as a member of the New York Mets organization. He was a student-athlete at IU from 1961-65, and 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 at Miami University (1998-2001). Micah is currently an assistant coach for the NBA's Sacramento Kings. Nori’s daughter, Denaire, earned a degree from IU in 1995 and served as a women's basketball manager.