Tracy Smith, hired as the fifth head baseball coach in program history on June 24, 2014, led the Sun Devils to a postseason berth, a third-place finish in the Pac-12 and 30-plus wins in his first season at ASU.
He became one of five active coaches, and one of eight all-time, to bring three different Div. I schools to NCAA Regional play as he guided the Sun Devils to a No. 2 seed in the Fullerton Regional in 2015.
He has amassed a 639-480-1 career record in 19 seasons as a head coach at three different schools, including nine seasons at both Miami (Ohio) and Indiana, and one year at Arizona State. His 639 victories rank in the top 50 among active coaches in the NCAA, and his 19 seasons represent the fourth-shortest number of years on the list.
Ben Greenspan enters his second season at Arizona State University as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, and works primarily with the team's offense and catchers.
In his first season at ASU, Greenspan helped the Sun Devils excel both offensively and defensively. The Devils ranked in the top half of the Pac-12 in a number of offensive categories, including second in slugging percentage, third in both batting average and hits, and posted their best defensive numbers since 2010 as they finished fourth in the conference in both fielding percentage and errors.
Catcher Brian Serven earned First Team All-Pac-12 recognition in 2015, as well as Second Team Pac-12 All-Academic honors, and was a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation's top catcher. His prowess on both sides of the plate was evident as he became just the fifth catcher in school history to lead the team in home runs and he caught 17 runners stealing, the most by a Sun Devil since 2009.
Brandon Higelin enters his second season at Arizona State University as the team's pitching coach.
In his first season at ASU, Higelin mentored the most prolific closer in ASU history and one of the top starters in program annals, as well as five pitchers who were taken in the first 10 rounds of the 2015 MLB draft, including second-round selection Brett Lilek. He helped right-hander Ryan Burr, a fifth-round draft pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks and 2015 All-American, notch a career-best 14 saves and eight wins, and guided left-hander Ryan Kellogg to a career-best 92 strikeouts and a fifth-round pick by the Chicago Cubs. He put an emphasis on closing out hitters as the Devils finished third in the conference in strikeouts and in the top 40 in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings.
"'Higgy" grew up and played collegiate baseball in California, so he probably knows far better than the rest of us on staff the influence and meaning ASU Baseball holds west of the Mississippi," Head Coach Tracy Smith said in July 2014. "Through his time as a pitching instructor, he has worked with several pitchers that have gone on to pitch and have success in the Pac-12 Conference. I know there are some who may look at his resume and point out the fact that he doesn't have years of coaching experience at the college level, but I will tell you 'Higgy' has put in his 10,000 hours (and then some) working with and developing some of the top high school, collegiate and professional arms in Southern California. I have no doubts that our student-athletes are going to not only learn from him, but love playing for him as well."
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Michael Earley enters his first season as a volunteer assistant coach on head coach Tracy Smith's staff at Arizona State.
Earley played under Smith at Indiana from 2008-10 before going on to a professional career with the Chicago White Sox organization. He played professional baseball five years, including time with the team's Triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights
The outfielder finished his playing days with the Southern Illinois Miners in the independent Frontier League in 2015.
Abe Ruiz enters his first season as a video coordinator on head coach Tracy Smith's staff at Arizona State.
Ruiz, who was a three-year letterwinner at ASU from 2009-12, spent the previous season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Devils. Before that, he served two seasons as a graduate assistant, including the 2015 season under Coach Smith and 2014 under previous head coach Tim Esmay.
Ruiz earned All-America and All-Pac-12 honors in 2012 after he tied for the Pac-12 lead in home runs with 13, finished second in the conference in slugging percentage at .595 and fourth in RBI with 53.