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Chris Lemonis named IU baseball coach

Louisville assistant Chris Lemonis was hired Wednesday as Indiana's baseball coach, the school announced in a release.

Lemonis replaces Tracy Smith, who left for Arizona State, and is the 24th coach in program history.

“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,” Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement issued by the school. “From those outstanding candidates, we are confident we have selected the right one."

Glass consulted former major league third baseman Scott Rolen, a native of Jasper, in the search.

Indiana went 93-31 during the last two years under Smith, making its first College World Series appearance in 2013 and obtaining the No. 4 overall seed in the 2014 NCAA tournament.

“I am really excited for the opportunity to join one of college baseball’s hottest programs at Indiana,” Lemonis said in the release. “I am thankful Fred Glass and the administration have faith in me to keep the momentum rolling and keep the Hoosiers at the top of the Big Ten."

Lemonis, a South Carolina native, graduated from The Citadel in 1992. He spent 12 years as an assistant at his alma mater before coaching the past eight at Louisville. The Cardinals made three CWS appearances during that time and averaged 44.9 wins per season.

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