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Michigan names Greenspan and Huntzinger as assistant coaches


Lower than two weeks after Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel employed a brand new baseball coach in Tracy Smith, the Wolverines’ teaching workers is now full with the hires of affiliate head coach Ben Greenspan and pitching coach Brock Huntzinger. 

Smith had plenty of work to get finished in a brief period of time as soon as he was named head coach on July 2, together with convincing recruits to remain dedicated to Michigan, attractive present gamers to stick with this system and hiring assistant coaches to assist accomplish these targets. 

And with the hiring of Greenspan and Huntzinger, he now has the workers in place to help him.

Smith has deep ties with Greenspan, who served as head of recruiting for Arizona State whereas Smith was head coach. For the Solar Devils, Greenspan orchestrated high recruiting courses yearly, together with the No. 1 recruiting class within the nation in 2016, No. 7 class in 2017, No. 4 class in 2018, No. 8 class in 2020 and No. 10 class in 2021. 

He then took his abilities to Cal Poly for the 2021-22 season, when the Mustangs went 37-21 and ranked as excessive as No. 18 nationally. 

“We’re thrilled to welcome Ben to the Michigan Baseball program,” Smith mentioned in an announcement. “Along with being an impressive coach, Ben has earned his repute as one of many high recruiters within the nation. He has been instrumental in attracting and creating top-10 recruiting courses to applications from the Midwest to the California coast.”

Greenspan might be very important within the fast future to persuade recruits to remain, to fill holes the place recruits have already left and persuade present gamers to stay with this system. At present,  gamers stay within the switch portal and 11 recruits rescinded their commitments.

Along with Greenspan, the Wolverines have a brand new pitching coach in Huntzinger. As a former minor league pitcher, Huntzinger accrued 10 years {of professional} expertise as a participant. He additionally has 5 years of expertise as a coach.

 Drafted out of highschool by the Purple Sox within the third spherical of the 2007 Main League Baseball Draft, Huntzinger spent seven seasons with the group, reaching as excessive within the group as Triple-A Pawtucket. After enjoying in two different skilled leagues, he earned a spot with the Colorado Rockies, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics all through his profession.

Identical to Greenspan, Huntzinger has longstanding ties to Smith. After he hung up his cleats, he turned the pitching coach for Smith at Arizona State for 2 seasons. Most not too long ago, Huntzinger was the pitching coach for Boise State. 

“I’m extremely honored to return to Michigan on this position,” Huntzinger mentioned in a statement. “It seems like I’m coming again house. I’m assured in my means to leverage a few of my experiences so as to positively affect a gifted group of student-athletes at this nice college.”

Added Smith: “Brock has an exceptional strategy to the sport of baseball, and we’re lucky to get him right here to Michigan. Brock’s pitching acumen is surpassed solely by his means to attach with people of all backgrounds and personalities.”

Huntzinger faces a tricky job with the Wolverines’ pitching scenario. Not solely does he should stability holding present sophomore right-hander Ahmad Harajli and senior left-hander Jack White with this system — each of whom are nonetheless within the switch portal — however he additionally must strengthen a pitching workers that held a whopping 7.00 ERA final season. 

These points are vital, however the brand new hirings imply Michigan can flip to deal with them. Because the Wolverines begin to construct their staff for the 2023 season, Greenspan and Huntzinger will play distinguished roles in these endeavors.

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