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Tracy Smith out at Arizona State

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Arizona State is parting ways with baseball coach Tracy Smith after seven seasons in which the team did not advance past the NCAA Tournament regional stage.

Smith was 202-155 overall in his ASU tenure since 2015 when he was hired from Indiana to replace Tim Esmay.

Ray Anderson, ASU Vice President for Athletics, said in a statement Monday: "After speaking with Tracy Smith this afternoon, we have decided by mutual agreement that coach Smith will not return as the head coach for Sun Devil baseball next season.

"Decisions like this are never easy to make, but I want to thank Tracy for his efforts over the last seven years. We are committed to returning Sun Devil baseball back to one of the country's elite programs and will look for a leader who can help us compete for Pac-12 titles, consistently host postseason competitions and return us to the College World Series.

"We will begin a search for a new head coach immediately, and will be deliberate in securing a leader that is the best fit for the program and our university."

Under Smith, ASU played in four regionals including this season without making a super regional or the College World Series. The Sun Devils last played in the CWS in 2010 with the current gap between trips to Omaha being the longest in school history.

Smith had two years remaining on his contract from an extension going into this season.

The Sun Devils were a consensus top-10 national team in 2020 when they could not complete the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They went 33-22 this season but were hampered by the early season loss of three pitchers to season-ending elbow injuries.

Arizona State athletics press release

June 7, 2021




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