Ohio University has hired former Creighton associate head coach Rob Smith as its new head coach, replacing the retired Joe Carbone.
Smith has spent the last six years as the recruiting coordinator on Ed Servais' staff, helping to build three NCAA tournament teams (2007, 2011 and 2012). The Bluejays reached the Los Angeles Regional final this year before losing to UCLA. Smith has also overseen Creighton's pitching staff, which annually ranks among the best in the Missouri Valley Conference. Before arriving at Creighton, Smith spent five years as an assistant at Purdue
"He has had a dynamic impact at every stop during his 16-year coaching career," Ohio athletics director Jim Schaus said. "He has a renowned reputation in building a successful pitching staff, which has consistently led their conference and has regularly ranked in the top 20 in ERA nationally. Rob is also known for his recruiting prowess as well as his ability to develop players. He has tremendous energy and passion that is infectious."