Ohio State has its new baseball coach.
Greg Beals, formerly the head coach at Ball State, was announced as the 11th head man in Ohio State history Thursday morning. Beals replaces Bob Todd, who put the Buckeye program back on the national map during his 23 years before retiring following the 2010 season.
Beals spent eight years at Ball State, compiling a record of 243-202 (117-80 Mid-American Conference). His Cardinals won three MAC Western Division titles and made the NCAA tournament as the MAC overall champions in 2006.
More importantly, he showed an ability to attract top talent to Muncie. Twenty of his players have been drafted by Major League Baseball squads, including first-round picks Kolbrin Vitek (Boston, 2010) and Brad Snyder (Cleveland, 2003). Both of those players hailed from Ohio, as did 2010 second-round choice Perci Garner (Philadelphia).
This past year, Ball State was 29-29, including 19-8 in MAC play, despite the fourth hardest schedule in Division I baseball. Vitek was named the MAC Player of the Year and the Cardinals blasted 77 home runs.
Beals played his collegiate baseball at Kent State and also was an assistant coach with the Golden Flashes before taking over at Ball State. Originally a native of Springfield, Ohio, he spent three years in the New York Mets’ minor league system.
Stay tuned to BuckeyeSports.com for more, as Beals is set to be introduced to the Columbus media this afternoon at a news conference.