Xavier Has A New Baseball Coach
CINCINNATI --- Xavier University Athletic Director Dawn Rogers announced today that Dan Simonds has been hired as Xavier’s new head baseball coach. Simonds, who spent the past five years as an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio), also has an extensive background in professional baseball.
“Dan’s successful background at all levels of baseball set him apart when we started reviewing candidates,” said Rogers. “Dan is a proven winner and he has strong ties to the local baseball scene. I am confident he is the right person to build a nationally-competitive program at Xavier and that he will embrace the integrity and mission of the University.”
“I am very excited about becoming a part of the Xavier family,” said Simonds, “I feel fortunate and proud to be joining such a quality institution with a rich academic reputation.”
Simonds spent the past five seasons as Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Miami University, concentrating much of his efforts on the hitters and catchers. Simonds helped the RedHawk team record a .320 team batting average this season, including a team-high .375 by junior catcher John Slone, on its way to a 36-21 overall record. Miami recorded a 178-121-1 (.595) record during Simonds five seasons at Miami, including the 2000 MAC Tournament Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament that included a win over Creighton.
The 39-year-old Simonds spent four years in the San Diego Padres organization prior to his stint at Miami, managing the Class A Fort Wayne Wizards from 1998-99 and working as the hitting and catching coach for the Class A Clinton Lumber Kings from 1996-98. He was a roving instructor/coach for the Bluefield Orioles in the Baltimore Orioles organization in 1995-96. His first professional coaching experience was from 1992-94 as an assistant coach and bullpen catcher for the Chicago Cubs.
A 1987 graduate of Davidson College, Simonds was the starting catcher and team captain as a senior while earning All-Southern Conference honors for a second straight year. Following graduation, Simonds was an eighth-round pick of the Baltimore Orioles and three years later was acquired by the Chicago Cubs as a free agent.
“The fact that Cincinnati is such a passionate baseball town, Xavier should be a natural draw for talented student athletes,” said Simonds. “Our recruiting philosophy will be to tap into the high level of local talent and put a consistent quality product on the field. I truly believe the Xavier baseball program has a great foundation with many positive features in place. My goal and that of my staff will be to simply expand on these positives and bring Xavier baseball to a new level.”
Simonds replaces John Morrey, who recently resigned after 12 seasons as the Xavier head coach.