Chris Sabo named Akron baseball coach

Akron has named former Cincinnati Reds' third baseman Chris Sabo the Zips' head baseball coach.

"We are excited to welcome Chris Sabo to the University of Akron," Director of Athletics Larry Williams said. "His illustrious playing career demonstrates his mastery of the fine details of the game. He also has extraordinary leadership skills and the proven ability to teach, coach, and motivate young athletes. His work ethic, drive, and commitment to excellence made him the perfect fit to lead the Zips' baseball program."

Sabo has spent the last four years as the manager at IMG Academy in Florida. His team, which was nationally ranked No. 2 in 2015, was ranked No. 5 last spring. Ten of his IMG players were drafted into Major League Baseball.

Sabo played baseball at the University of Michigan from 1981 to 1983. The Wolverines finished third at the 1983 College World Series, as Sabo earned first-team All-America honors from The Sporting News and Baseball America.

Sabo was a second round draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds in 1983. He was named the 1988 National League Rookie of the Year. A three-time National League All-Star (1988, 1990, 1991), he appeared in the 1990 World Series championship. Sabo led the Reds in home runs, hitting .563 during the series. He holds the World Series record for nine assists by a third baseman in a game. He also holds the National League record for 11 assists by a third baseman in a game. Sabo achieved a career-high batting average (.301) with 26 home runs, 88 RBI, and 175 hits in 153 games in 1991.

Sabo was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds' Hall of Fame in 2010.

Following his stellar major league career, Sabo served as a hitting coach, infield instructor, and talent evaluator within the Reds organization. He has also assisted Xavier University, University of Michigan, and University of Cincinnati baseball programs.

Sabo earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Xavier University in 1998. He also attended law school at Northern Kentucky University from 2009-10.

A native of Detroit, Mich., Sabo, 56, and his wife Susan have three daughters­ Annie, Brooke, and Olivia. He is an avid golfer and is heavily involved in community service-fundraising events.

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October 23, 2018

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