Louisville assistant Chris Lemonis hired as Indiana baseball coach

07/03/2014 11:30 AM

Indiana athletic director Fred Glass announced on Wednesday that Louisville assistant coach Chris Lemoris is the newest Hoosiers’ head baseball coach. He replaces Tracy Smith, who last week took the head coaching job at Arizona State after nine years in Bloomington.

“We are extremely pleased with the extensive interest in this position, from head coaches to assistant coaches and others associated with collegiate and professional baseball,” Glass said in IU’s official statement announcing the hire. “From those outstanding candidates, we are confident we have selected the right one to lead Indiana Baseball.”

Lemonis has been an assistant at Louisville for the past eight years. He helped the Cardinals reach the College World Series in 2008, 2013 and 2014. In 2013, he was named national assistant coach of the year. Previously, Lemonis was an assistant at his alma mater, The Citadel, for 12 seasons.

“I am really excited for the opportunity to join one of college baseball’s hottest programs at Indiana,” Lemonis said in the statement by the school.

“Our staff will do everything we can to recruit the state of Indiana and the entire Midwest to bring the best baseball players to Bloomington. We will play an exciting brand of baseball and are confident we can continue the championship tradition that has been established at IU.”

Kaci Kust

Kaci joined cn|2 in May 2012 and is a graduate of Hope College in Michigan where she earned a degree in journalism. After playing basketball in college, Kaci chose to follow her passion for sports and become a sports reporter. In fact, she says if she wasn’t covering athletics for a living, she’d still be up early checking scores and stats. Follow Kaci on Twitter @KaciKustCN2.

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