Ben, not Rick . . .
This move has been talked about within IU athletic circles for months…and now has been officially announced.
Here’s IU’s press release:
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. â€“ Indiana Baseball Head Coach Tracy Smith today announced
the hiring of former Hoosier Ben Greenspan as an assistant coach for the
2009 season. Greenspan will serve as the full-time assistant coach that
oversees hitting and catchers.
â€œBen, even as a player, displayed leadership qualities that you just canâ€™t
teach,â€ Smith said. â€œI always had in the back of my mind that he would make
an excellent coach someday. Opportunities sometimes knock at unusual times.
The fact that we had an opening at the break and that Ben had already been
involved in our program make it the perfect fit for both sides. Adding Ben
to our staff will be a seamless transition as we head into the upcoming
Greenspan played two years for Smith and the Hoosiers after two years at the
University of Connecticut. He played in 73 games over his two years for IU,
serving as one of the teamâ€™s captains as a senior. He led the team in
slugging percentage (.447) and hit .311 in 2006. He played in 43 games at
both catcher and first base in his first year in the Cream and Crimson,
driving in 19 runs with six doubles and two home runs.
As a senior in 2007, Greenspan was a captain for one of the youngest teams
in the conference, helping the team to a 19-win season. In addition to his
role as a clubhouse leader, he battled through injuries to play in 30 games
and start 18.
Greenspan received his bachelorâ€™s degree from IU in sport marketing and
management in 2007 and his masterâ€™s in sport administration in the summer of
2008. He resides in Bloomington.