Dan Simonds Hired to Baseball Coaching Staff
July 8, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Dan Simonds has been added to the Indiana University Baseball coaching staff, named the program's associate head coach on Monday (July 8). Simonds spent the last eight seasons as Miami University's head coach.
"We hit a grand slam with this hire," said IU head coach Tracy Smith. "Our familiarity having both coached and played together before, as well as, his head coaching experience will be huge assets for us. Moving forward, Dan's high level of baseball background allows Indiana to continue its prominence on the national stage."
Simonds will act as hitting coach and work extensively with the catchers.
"It is an exciting opportunity to work alongside one of the top coaches in the entire country," said Simonds. "My family and I are looking forward to becoming Hoosiers. I'm eager to coach the caliber of student-athletes Indiana University is able to attract."
In addition to eight years as the RedHawks head coach, Simonds also served as an MU assistant coach under Tracy Smith for five seasons (2000-04). He was the head coach for Xavier University during the 2005 campaign. The Boston native coached 16 Major League Baseball draft picks as RedHawks head coach. Three of those draft selections reached the major leagues, including 2010 pick Adam Eaton. Five of his players were selected in the top 10 rounds.
Prior to his time in Oxford, Simonds gained over a decade's worth of experience in the professional ranks. He had a four-year stint coaching in the San Diego Padres organization, managing the Class A Fort Wayne Wizards in 1999 and working as the hitting and catching instructor for the Class A Clinton Lumber Kings from 1997-98. He was a roving instructor/coach for the Bluefield Orioles in the Baltimore Orioles organization in 1995-96. The Chicago Cubs gave Simonds his first pro coaching opportunity, working as the club's bullpen catcher from 1992-94.
As a player, Simonds was selected in the eighth round by the Baltimore Orioles in 1987 our of Davidson College. He signed a free agent contact with the Cubs three years later and played the 1990 campaign for the Winston-Salem Spirits as a teammate with Tracy Smith.
Under Simonds' tutelage as an assistant, nine Miami hitters went on to professional careers, including Mike Ferris, a second-round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2004, Justin Knoedler, who made his major league debut with San Francisco in 2004, and David Cook, a ninth-round pick of the Chicago White Sox. Simonds also helped lure hurler Chad Reineke (2001-04) to Miami, who has since gone on to pitch for the San Diego Padres, Oakland A's and Cincinnati Reds.
Simonds and his wife, Dawn, have two children; a son, Sam, and a daughter, Madison.
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