Chris Lemonis, a Citadel graduate and former assistant coach, has been hired as head baseball coach at Indiana.
Lemonis was the recruiting coordinator at Louisville, helping head coach Dan McDonnell - also a former Citadel player and assistant coach - get the Cardinals to the College World Series three times.
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.
Lemonis' imprint in elevating the Louisville program to new heights has been evident. He
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 (athletic director) 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."
Prior to his time at Louisville, Lemonis spent 12 seasons as an assistant coach at 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 RBIs as senior. He also was named to the 1993 All-Southern Conference Tournament team. He ranks in the top 15 all-time at The Citadel in RBIs (152), 11th in home runs (23) and 10th in slugging percentage (.538).
A native of Myrtle Beach, Lemonis and his wife, Jill, have two daughters, Marissa and Mackenzie.
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