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File photo from when Willie Bloomquist played for the Sun Devils from 1997-1999.

TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) --Former Diamondbacks player and ASU Hall of Famer Willie Bloomquist has been named the new head coach for Arizona State baseball. The news comes after former head coach, Tracy Smith, was dismissed by Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director Ray Anderson on Monday.

Bloomquist joined the Diamondbacks from 2011-13 and became the first Sun Devil to play for the Diamondbacks. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 1999 MLB draft and spent 14 years in the major leagues, playing for the Mariners, Royals, Reds and Diamondbacks. Bloomquist was an all-around utility player and was apart of the Diamondbacks 2011 NL Division Series vs. Brewers.

Bloomquist played with the Sun Devils for three seasons from 1997-99 and earned First-Team All-Pac 10 honors and was named Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1999. In 2013, Bloomquist was inducted into the ASU Sports Hall of Fame. Since his retirement from MLB in 2016, Bloomquist has served as special assistant to Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall.

In Friday's press conference introducing Bloomquist, Anderson stated, "We needed to give ASU baseball program back to our fans. We needed to give the program back through the heart and soul through a new leader. I am delighted to introduce the new head coach for Sun Devil Baseball, Willie Bloomquist."

When asked about the quick hire after the news of Smith's departure, Anderson clarified about Bloomquist's candidacy. 

"I’ve always got candidates in mind. You got to be prepared to take action. You want to make decisions as promptly as you can. We had determined we were prepared to make decisions now, and confident and comfortable were able to make the decision on Willie very promptly."

Bloomquist expressed his elation over the new position, and says he is thrilled to get started and lead the team.

"I’m hoping to instill passion in these young men. I can’t wait to give back to this program that has given so much to me."

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