Tracy Smith

The pressure is on Smith to win after two consecutive 23-32 seasons.

TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Head coach Tracy Smith of Arizona State’s baseball team has been dismissed.

The announcement was made by Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director Ray Anderson on Monday afternoon. 

Smith served as head coach from 2015-2021 and finishes with an overall record of 201-155 with Arizona State. In four NCAA regional appearances for the Sun Devils, they failed to make the Super Regionals in each of those appearances. Arizona State has also not won a conference championship since 2010.

Anderson released a statement on the change in leadership for Sun Devil Baseball:

"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."

Smith’s teams also recorded an 87-92 PAC-12 conference record from 2015-2021. Under Smith’s reign, in the 2020 MLB Draft, the Devils saw five players drafted, including first overall pick Spencer Torkelson.

The news comes after the Sun Devils 9-7 elimination to Fairfield in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.


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