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    22 Chris Lemonis  
    Chris Lemonis

    Hometown:
    Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Position:
    Head Coach

    Experience:
    First Season

    Alma Mater:
    The Citadel


    Coaching Highlights
    2014 College World Series Appearance
    2013 Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year
    College World Series Appearance
    BIG EAST Regular Season Champions
    2012 NCAA Regional Appearance
    BIG EAST Regular Season Champions
    2010 NCAA Regional Appearance
    BIG EAST Regular Season Champions
    2009 NCAA Super Regional Appearance
    BIG EAST Regular Season Champions
    BIG EAST Tournament Champions
    2008 NCAA Regional Appearance
    BIG EAST Tournament Champions
    2007 College World Series Appearance
    2004 NCAA Regional Appearance
    Southern Conference Tourney Champions
    2002 Southern Conference Champions
    2001 NCAA Regional Appearance
    Southern Conference Tourney Champions
    2000 Southern Conference Champions
    1999 NCAA Regional Appearance
    Southern Conference Champions
    Southern Conference Tourney Champions
    1998 NCAA East Regional Appearance
    Southern Conference Tourney Champions
    1995 NCAA Mideast Regional Appearance
    Southern Conference Champions
    Southern Conference Tourney Champions

    Coaching History
    Present Indiana, Head Coach
    2007-14 Louisville, Assistant Coach
    2003-06 The Citadel, Associate Head Coach
    1995-2002 The Citadel, Assistant Coach

    Year-by-Year Record
    Year School Record Postseason
    2014 Louisville 50-17 CWS
    2013 Louisville 51-14 CWS
    2012 Louisville 41-22 NCAA Regional
    2011 Louisville 32-29
    2010 Louisville 50-14 NCAA Regional
    2009 Louisville 47-18 NCAA Super Reg.
    2008 Louisville 41-21 NCAA Regional
    2007 Louisville 47-24 CWS
    2006 The Citadel 34-27
    2005 The Citadel 25-34
    2004 The Citadel 39-28 NCAA Regional
    2003 The Citadel 32-25
    2002 The Citadel 31-26
    2001 The Citadel 38-24 NCAA Regional
    2000 The Citadel 39-20
    1999 The Citadel 41-20 NCAA Regional
    1998 The Citadel 37-24 NCAA Regional
    1997 The Citadel 37-21
    1996 The Citadel 33-26
    1995 The Citadel 39-21 NCAA Regional
    Total 20 Years 784-455
    Follow on Twitter: @Lemo22
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    Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass announced the hiring of Louisville assistant coach Chris Lemonis as the 24th head coach of the Hoosier baseball program on July 2, 2014. The 2013 ABCA/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year will be introduced at a press conference on a date to be determined.

    "We are extremely pleased with the extensive interest in this position, from head coaches to assistant coaches and others associated with collegiate and professional baseball," Glass said. "From those outstanding candidates, we are confident we have selected the right one to lead Indiana Baseball."

    Indiana, the No. 4 overall seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, conducted a comprehensive, nationwide search and consulted some of the most recognized names in baseball, including Major League Baseball All-Star and Indiana native Scott Rolen.

    "I'd like to personally thank all involved in the process of helping us land this outstanding head coach, especially our student-athletes and Scott Rolen, who served as a special advisor in our search," Glass said.

    Lemonis' imprint in elevating the Louisville program to new heights has been evident. The former Cardinals' recruiting coordinator aided Louisville to three College World Series appearances (2008, 2013, 2014) and a 359-159 (.693) record during the past eight seasons, including back-to-back 50-win seasons in 2013 and 2014.

    Working under Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell, Lemonis has helped the Cardinals produce 15 All-Americans, 54 all-conference selections and a pair of conference Player of the Year winners. Entering his 21st season in coaching and first as a head coach, Lemonis takes over an IU program that has gone 93-31 during the past two seasons, including its first-ever College World Series appearance in 2013 and the No. 4 overall seed in the 2014 NCAA Baseball Championship.

    "I am really excited for the opportunity to join one of college baseball's hottest programs at Indiana," Lemonis said. "I am thankful Fred Glass and the administration have faith in me to keep the momentum rolling and keep the Hoosiers at the top of the Big Ten.

    "Our staff will do everything we can to recruit the state of Indiana and the entire Midwest to bring the best baseball players to Bloomington. We will play an exciting brand of baseball and are confident we can continue the championship tradition that has been established at IU."

    Known as one of the premiere hitting coaches and recruiters in college baseball, Lemonis built a pristine track record in 20 years as an assistant that included continuous Top 25 recruiting classes and 12 visits to the NCAA Tournament.

    Lemonis mentored 33 players that signed professional contracts after being selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft during the last eight years, including a school-record 10 selections in the 2010 MLB Draft.

    Lemonis helped Louisville win four BIG EAST championships in the school's final five years in the conference and he saw U of L set the school record for wins in a season three different times, including 2013, when the Cardinals won a current-best 51 games.

    Prior to his time at Louisville, Lemonis spent 12 seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, The Citadel, including the final four as associate head coach. While at The Citadel, the Bulldogs recorded five NCAA Regional appearances and finished first or second in the Southern Conference seven times.

    Lemonis, who worked primarily with hitters and outfielders at The Citadel, oversaw 35 new offensive records. The Bulldogs boasted seven All-Americans, two Freshman All-Americans, 17 first team All-Southern Conference honorees, a Southern Conference Player of the Year and a Freshman of the Year.

    Part of nearly 800 wins as an assistant coach, Lemonis' teams have averaged 39.2 victories per year during his career, bolstered by a 44.9 wins-per-season average at Louisville.

    Lemonis graduated from The Citadel in 1992, twice earning All-Southern Conference honors as a player and leading the team in home runs three times. He led the Bulldogs with a .367 average, 19 doubles, 52 runs, 10 home runs and 66 RBI as senior. He was also named to the 1993 All-Southern Conference Tournament team. He ranks in the top 15 all-time at The Citadel in RBI (152), 11th in home runs (23) and 10th in slugging percentage (.538).

    A native of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Lemonis and his wife, Jill, have two daughters, Marissa and Mackenzie.


       

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