Greenspan Named Assistant Coach
Jan. 12, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - 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.
"Ben, even as a player, displayed leadership qualities that you just can't teach," Smith said. "I 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 season."
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 team'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 bachelor's degree from IU in sport marketing and management in 2007 and his master's in sport administration in the summer of 2008. He resides in Bloomington.
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