Middleton Joins IU Baseball Coaching Staff
Aug. 15, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Head Coach Tracy Smith has announced the hiring of Matt Middleton as an assistant baseball coach at Indiana University today. Middleton, a former all-American baseball player at Ohio State, has been a successful head varsity baseball coach for two different high schools in Ohio in addition to coaching one of the most elite amateur baseball programs in the country - the Midland Redskins.
"This is a great opportunity for my family and me to move on to the college ranks, and what a place to do it at Indiana," Middleton said. "I'm looking forward to working with such a highly respected coach in Tracy and I know [pitching coach] Ty [Neal] very well. It's going to be great to learn from both the coaches and players and I'm looking forward to starting life in Bloomington."
Middleton will work primarily with the catchers and with the team's hitters in addition to recruiting and day-to-day duties.
"I like the fact that Matt is familiar with the Big Ten Conference," Smith said. "He had a lot of success as a player on some pretty good teams at Ohio State so he understands winning and what it takes to win. I have followed his career as a successful head coach at the high school level. His teams were always very well prepared and they played the game hard. Matt also has been instrumental in developing some of the best baseball talent in the country through his involvement with Midland. We are looking forward to his arrival in Bloomington."
Middleton comes to the Hoosiers after four years at the helm of Kings High School in Kings Mills, Ohio. Middleton led the team to Fort Ancient Valley Conference Championships in both 2005 and 2006, winning conference Coach of the Year honors in each season. In 2006, he led the squad to the first district championship in school history.
He has also spent the past four seasons working in the summer with the Redskins and the Midland 16-year-old squads. With the Redskins, he recruited some of the top amateur talent in the country, coached third base and served as the infield instructor. This summer, Middleton helped the Redskins to the Connie Mack World Series title with an undefeated record at the event.
Prior to coming to Kings High, Middleton spent three seasons as the head coach for Jonathan Alder High School in Plain City, Ohio. He won Buckeye Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in both 2001 and 2003, when he led the squad to the league title. Alder took home a district championship in 2003 under his tutelage.
As a player, Middleton earned four letters for Ohio State, serving as the team's third baseman for his final three years. In his senior season, he led the squad to an NCAA Regional Title, taking home MVP honors for the Buckeyes, who advanced to the Super Regional. Middleton was also a Freshman All-American and All-Big Ten selection at designated hitter in 1996. He finished his career with 26 home runs, tied for 16th on OSU's all-time list.
Middleton graduated from Ohio State in 2000 with a degree in education. Middleton and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, Jace, four, and Tate, two.
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