June 11, 2012
2012 Coaching Changes
Smith named head coach at Ohio
Creighton associate head coach Rob Smith has been
hired to take over the program at Ohio University. Smith
succeeds Joe Carbone, who retired following the 2012 season
after 24 years with the Bobcats.
Smith has been with the Bluejays for the past six
seasons, helping Creighton compile a record of 213-133 with
three NCAA Regional appearances and three Missouri Valley
Conference crowns (2007, 2011, 2012). His staffs twice led the
Valley in pitching (2008, 2009). Smith worked with five
All-Americans, two freshman All-Americans, one Valley Pitcher of
the Year, two Valley Newcomers of the Year and five pitchers
offered professional contracts. Junior Ty Blach was drafted in
the fifth round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the San Francisco
Creighton was the No. 8 seed in this year’s
Missouri Valley Conference tournament, but went 4-0 to capture
the title for the second straight season. The Bluejays went 2-2
in the Los Angeles Regional as the No. 4 seed, defeating No. 3
New Mexico and No. 2 San Diego while falling twice to top-seeded
and No. 2 national seed UCLA. Creighton finished with a 28-30
mark and a team ERA of 3.44.
Prior to his arrival in Omaha, Smith spent five
years as pitching coach at Purdue. He helped lower the staff ERA
by more than 1.7 runs per game over that five-year period. For
the 2005 and 2006 campaigns, the Boilermakers had
strikeout-to-walk ratios of 2 to 1 or better.
Smith began his collegiate career at Vincennes
University in 1991 and concluded at Indiana Southeast in 1994.
He earned his degree from Indiana in 1998.