OMAHA, Neb. - After six seasons as the associate head coach at Creighton, Rob Smith has been named the ninth baseball coach in program history at Ohio University. Smith will be formally announced into the Bobcats program tomorrow afternoon in a 1:00 pm Central press conference.
This head coaching position will mark the Indiana native's first job at the helm of a program, as he has served as the associate head coach at Creighton, the pitching coach at Purdue and as a volunteer assistant at Purdue.
Smith developed the Creighton pitching staff into one of the top programs in the nation, holding a combined 3.88 ERA in his six seasons, a number that sits 19th in the country in that time span. He has coached five All-Americans, two freshman All-Americans, one MVC Pitcher of the Year and had six pitchers offered professional contracts, with Ty Blach's fifth round pick in this year's MLB Draft marking his highest drafted pitcher while at Creighton.
"I am so excited to lead the Ohio University baseball program," Smith told ohiobobcats.com this morning. "I am so grateful to Jim Schaus (Ohio University Director of Athletics) for this opportunity. I believe there is a lot of potential with the baseball program at Ohio and I look forward to continuing the tradition that has been put in place."
Smith came to Creighton after a successful five-year stint at Purdue University. He arrived at Purdue in the fall of 2001 and spent five seasons training the Boilermaker pitching staff. In his last seasons in West Lafayette, Purdue had its most wins since 2001 (31) and three pitchers were named all-conference.
His 2005 and 2006 pitching staffs each had strikeout to walk ratios of 2-to-1 or better, for just the third and fourth times since 1974.
Smith's playing career started at Vincennes University in 1991 and finished at Indiana Southeast in 1994. He earned his college degree at Indiana University in 1998. He also served as an assistant coach at Purdue in 1999, where he worked with pitchers, catchers and recruiting.
Smith and his wife, RaeAnna, have three daughters (Sierra, Serena, Isabelle) and one son (Tyson).