TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State will hire Indiana's Tracy Smith as its new baseball coach, tabbing the 2013 National Coach of the Year to become the program's fifth head coach, multiple sources confirmed.
Smith, 48, is a two time Big Ten Coach of the Year and last season took Indiana to its first College World Series. He will be introduced at ASU on Thursday.
Smith replaces Tim Esmay, who was forced to resign June 9 after five seasons at ASU. Smith owns a career record of 604-457-1 after nine seasons at Miami (Ohio) and nine at Indiana, where he went 287-237.
This season, Indiana fell to Stanford in NCAA regional play to finish the year 44-15. The previous season, the Hoosiers went 49-16 and reached the College World Series, earning Smith National Coach of the Year honors from the National College Baseball Writers Association.
According to a report by Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game, Smith beat out candidates Monte Lee of College of Charleston and Todd Whitting of Houston for the ASU j...