IU will begin national search for coach

Fred Glass said in a release Tuesday night that he believes that IU's recent baseball success and the new facilities in Bloomington will attract a high-level coach to replace Tracy Smith. Smith announced Tuesday he is leaving to take the head coaching position at Arizona State.

Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said Tuesday that a national search for a new baseball coach will commence immediately.

Indiana put out a press release early Tuesday evening with quotes from Glass and former IU baseball coach Tracy Smith. Smith accepted the head coaching position at Arizona State earlier in the day Tuesday.

Here's the release put out by IU media relations.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass Tuesday expressed his deep appreciation for what Tracy Smith helped build at Indiana and announced a national search for Smith's successor will begin immediately.

"Tracy's vision for baseball at Indiana came to fruition with the completion of Bart Kaufman Field, standing room only attendance, three Big Ten Championships, three NCAA berths and a trip to the College World Series," Glass said. "His leadership and dedication to building a program the right way was obviously not lost on the college baseball community. We will all miss his immense talent and knack for leadership. As his friend, I will also greatly miss just having him around.

"We will begin a diligent and thorough search for the next leader of the IU baseball program and believe that with the program's recent success and the substantial investments we have - and will continue - to make in it, including new facilities, this is one of the most attractive openings in the country."

Today, Smith accepted the position of head baseball coach at Arizona State University.

"This was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever faced," Smith said. "The truth of the matter is, at this stage of my life, I am ready for a new challenge. Indiana is a part of who I am and always will be. I want to thank President McRobbie and Fred Glass for helping build this program into what it has become. I also would like to thank Rick Greenspan for giving me the opportunity to be at Indiana in the first place. Most importantly, I would like to thank the players - past and present - for being the heart and soul of Indiana Baseball now and in the future. I have loved my time at Indiana University, and I am proud of what we have achieved. I look forward to IU's continued success."

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