OXFORD, Ohio – Longtime Miami University baseball coach Dan Simonds has accepted the associate head baseball coaching position at Indiana University Monday, reuniting him with former Miami baseball player and coach and current Hoosiers head coach Tracy Smith.
“I would like to thank Coach Simonds for his service to Miami, both as an assistant and most recently as our head coach,” said Miami Director of Athletics David Sayler. “Under Dan’s guidance we were competitive on the field, had an exceptional graduation rate, a team GPA consistently around 3.0, and the team was a model in terms of its community service. We appreciate Dan’s efforts and wish him well in the future.”
A national search will begin immediately for Simonds’ successor.
Boasting one of the nicest ballparks in the Midwest with McKie Field at Hayden Park, Miami’s head coaching position is expected to draw significant interest. An additional fundraising project is in the works (the Legacy Project at Hayden Park), which is expected to break ground in the coming months and will add a new locker room and coaches offices.
“It is our belief that we can have a national presence in baseball,” Sayler said. “We believe the sky is the limit for our program and that we should be competing for conference and regional championships annually.”
Miami baseball has won seven Mid-American Conference titles in program history, with its last coming in 2005. The program has had nearly 60 players selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, and has more than 80 First-Team All-Mid-American Conference selections, with 10 coming under Simonds’ watch. Miami has amassed 1,802 total program wins, including 232 during Simonds’ eight seasons as head coach of the RedHawks. Each of the last two years, Miami has also produced the MAC Freshman of the Year.