It’s been a busy day on the coaching carousel. Auburn’s hire of John Pawlowski was the headliner, but we’ve got some other nuggets to pass along as well.
North Dakota, which is transitioning from Division II to D-I, named Southeast Missouri State assistant Jeff Dodson as its head coach on Friday. Dodson has spent the last five seasons as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator under Redhawks head coach Mark Hogan.
"I am thrilled to be the new head coach at the University of North Dakota," Dodson said in a statement. "It is not often that you get to be on the ground floor of building a Division I program, and I look forward to the challenge."
At Miami, longtime assistant Gino DiMare has stepped down after 12 years on the Hurricanes’ staff. DiMare, who served as Miami’s hitting coach and recruiting coordinator, said he wanted to spend more time with his family. Head coach Jim Morris said he was "very saddened to hear that he wanted to step down."
And at Arizona State, Pat Murphy isn’t going anywhere, despite speculation to the contrary on the Internet and in the media. Sun Devils vice president of athletics Lisa Love gave Murphy a public display of support in a statement released Friday.
"It has come to my attention that inaccurate information is circulating regarding the future of our baseball coach, Pat Murphy," Love said in the statement. "It appears to be a negative recruiting ploy to counter the strength of a nationally ranked top-10 program. We applaud the work of Coach Murphy, his staff, and team, having won two consecutive Pac-10 championships, which allowed our fans the privilege of watching both regional and super regional play at home. Pat Murphy directs the Sun Devil baseball program and will continue to do so. We look forward to the program flourishing under his watch. Suggestions to the contrary are completely without merit."
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