July 31, 2012
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State head baseball coach Tim Esmay will serve as an instructor for the inaugural USA Baseball 14-U National Team Development Program held in Cary, N.C., from Aug. 3-9.
The USA Baseball National Team Development Program (NTDP), which is making its debut this summer, will be an annual program that offers athletes National Team-level baseball experience while also helping to accelerate their maturation and readiness for the next step in their respective baseball careers.
"While it is both an honor and a privilege for me personally to be affiliated with Team USA, my inclusion is really more of a testament to the great student-athletes and coaches that have embodied Arizona State over the years," coach Esmay said. "I look forward to this great opportunity to work with these young men and to represent my country."
Along with the baseball-specific skills development that will take place, the NTDP will also focus on preparing athletes in various off-field educational components, including strength and conditioning, nutrition, MLB scout and college recruiter interaction, NCAA compliance, umpire education/interaction, media training, and character development.
Coach Esmay is the second Sun Devil to join USA Baseball in the past year after right-handed pitcher Trevor Williams, who tied for the Div. I lead in wins in 2012, helped the USA Collegiate National Team earn the bronze medal during the summer. Since being named head coach in 2010, coach Esmay has helped guide four Sun Devils to the USA Collegiate National Collegiate Team, including Williams, Deven Marrero and Brady Rodgers in 2011, and Drew Maggi in 2010. He helped mentor five others as an assistant coach at ASU, including Matt Newman in 2009, Mike Leake in 2009, Petey Paramore and Brett Wallace in 2007, and Jim Austin in 1990.
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.
Coach Esmay made his debut as ASU's head baseball coach on Feb. 19, 2010, with 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. Coach Esmay and the Devils finished the regular season with a 52-10 record, including a 20-7 mark in Pac-10 play, as Arizona State won the Pac-10 Championship and was the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. Coach Esmay earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors, while Zack MacPhee was named Pac-10 Player of the Year and Seth Blair was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year.