July 3, 2013
Tracy Smith Named CBI Coach of
Va. – After leading Indiana to its first appearance in the
College World Series, Tracy Smith (left) has been named the 2013
CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Coach of the Year.
Smith was selected from a group of finalists that
included John Cohen of Mississippi State, Brad Hill of Kansas
State, Dan McDonnell of Louisville, Brian O’Connor of Virginia,
John Savage of UCLA and Rick Vanderhook of Cal State Fullerton.
“Tracy Smith helped the Hoosiers register
numerous firsts this season, including that historic run to
Omaha,” said Sean Ryan, co-founder of CollegeBaseballInsider.com.
“He is very deserving of this recognition. We congratulate Tracy
and the entire Hoosiers program on a tremendous season.”
On Opening Day, Indiana blanked Louisville to
catch the nation’s attention. More eyebrows were raised in early
March, when the Hoosiers took two of three at Florida. The
Sunday win in Gainesville started an 18-game win streak as IU
started 25-3 overall and 8-0 in Big Ten play.
Indiana took two of three at Ohio State in
mid-May to claim its first Big Ten regular season title since
1949 and first outright championship since 1932. IU went 17-7 in
Hoosiers headed to Minneapolis for the Big Ten Tournament at
Target Field. IU beat Minnesota and Ohio State before falling to
Nebraska. The Hoosiers rebounded and beat the Huskers 4-3 to
secure the tourney crown.
IU hosted its first regional in program history,
welcoming Austin Peay, Florida and Valparaiso to Bart Kaufman
Field. The Hoosiers rallied past the Crusaders and beat the Govs
twice to claim its first regional title.
The Hoosiers would travel to Tallahassee to meet
No. 7 national seed Florida State. Indiana would flex its
offensive muscles, outscoring the Seminoles 10-9 and 11-6 to
advance to Omaha for the first time in program history. The
Hoosiers were the first Big Ten team to reach the College World
Series since Michigan in 1984.
As it did in mid-February, Indiana shut out
Louisville 2-0 in its first College World Series contest before
falling 5-4 to Mississippi State and 1-0 to Oregon State to
finish a magical season at 49-16.
Cohen led the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish in
the College World Series, the best finish in program history.
MSU was 51-20 overall and 16-14 in SEC play. The Bulldogs won
the Starkville Regional and Charlottesville Super Regional to
advance to Omaha. Cohen was CBI National Coach of the Year in
2006 while at Kentucky.
Hill guided the Wildcats to a record of 45-19,
setting a program record for victories in a season. KSU was 16-8
in the Big 12 to claim its first conference crown since 1933
after placing seventh in the preseason coaches poll. The
Wildcats hosted and won a regional for the first time. They were
one game away from the College World Series, falling twice to
Oregon State in the Corvallis Super Regional.
McDonnell took Louisville to its second College
World Series and first since 2007. The Cardinals were 51-14
overall and 20-4 in the Big East, claiming the regular season
crown. They won the Louisville Regional and Nashville Super
Regional to advance to Omaha.
O’Connor coached the Cavaliers to a 50-12 overall
mark and 22-8 in the ACC after not being nationally ranked in
the preseason. Virginia was the No. 6 national seed in the NCAA
Tournament and won the Charlottesville Regional before falling
to Mississippi State in the Charlottesville Super Regional.
Savage took UCLA to the College World Series for
the third time in the past four years, claiming its first
national championship. The Bruins went 10-0 in the NCAA
Tournament, winning the Los Angeles Regional and Fullerton Super
Regional before going 5-0 in Omaha. UCLA finished 49-17 overall
and 21-9 in the Pac-12, good for third. Savage was CBI National
Coach of the Year in 2010.
Vanderhook used a pair of freshmen starting
pitchers to win the Big West title and earn a No. 5 national
seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Titans won the Fullerton
Regional before falling to UCLA in the Fullerton Super Regional.
The Titans finished 51-10 overall and 23-4 in Big West contests.
Honorable mention goes to Elliott Avent of NC
State, Mark Calvi of South Alabama, Pat Casey of Oregon State,
Tim Corbin of Vanderbilt, Jeff Goff of Campbell, Mike Gottlieb
of Towson, Allen Gum of Central Arkansas, Carlton Hardy of
Savannah State, Darin Hendrickson of Saint Louis, Joe Jordano of
Pittsburgh, Larry Lee of Cal Poly, Gary McClure of Austin Peay,
Steve Owens of Bryant and Jamie Pinzino of William and Mary.
Previous CBI Coaches of the Year
2012 – Matt Senk, Stony Brook, and Scott
Stricklin, Kent State
2011 – David Esquer, California
2010 – John Savage, UCLA
2009 – Brian O’Connor, Virginia
2008 – Paul Mainieri, LSU, and Mark Marquess,
2007 – Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt, and Rob Childress,
2006 – John Cohen, Kentucky
2005 – Pat Casey, Oregon State
2004 – David Perno, Georgia
2003 – Elliott Avent, North Carolina State
(photos courtesy of IU Media Relations)