Greenspan Announced as Associate Head Baseball Coach

Greenspan announced as Associate Head Baseball Coach

7/7/2022 1:14:00 p.m

// Kurt Svoboda

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — University of Michigan head baseball coach Tracy Smith announced on Thursday (July 7) that Ben Greenspan joined the team as Associate Head Coach and Recruitment Coordinator.

“We are very pleased to welcome Ben to the Michigan baseball program,” said Smith. “Ben is not only an outstanding coach, but has also earned his reputation as one of the top recruiters in the country. He has been instrumental in attracting and developing top 10 recruiting classes for programs from the Midwest to the California coast. “

Greenspan last coached at Cal Poly, where the Mustangs had a 37-21 record and a 22-8 mark in the Big West game in 2021. Ranked 18th nationally, Cal Poly has won 11 of its last 12 conference games and finished the season winning 13 of its last 14 games. Greenspan and the Cal Poly coaching staff mentored two All-Americans in Brooks Lee and Drew Thrope. Lee, who won the Wallace Award for the nation’s top shortstop, is a first-round consensus draft who batted under Greenspan with a .357 with 15 homers, 25 doubles and 55 RBI. Thorpe led the nation in strikeouts and notched 10 wins on the mound.

Prior to his time at Cal Poly, Greenspan established himself as an elite recruiter at Arizona State University, where he earned the nation’s #1 recruiting class in 2016, the #7 class in 2017, the #4 class in 2018, the class #4 compiled 8th grade in 2020 and 10th grade in 2021.

All in all, Greenspan led four top-10 recruiting classes in five of his last six seasons at the Phoenix while the Sun Devils made NCAA regional appearances in 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2021.

There was more to Greenspan than just recruiting, as during his time at ASU he helped develop Major League Baseball’s draft picks, including 2020 MLB draft pick Spencer Torkelson, who picked the High School had not moved in. Torkelson, Alika Williams (No. 37 overall in 2020) and Hunter Bishop, the No. 10 overall in 2019, were all drafted by Greenspan, along with Carter Aldrete, Alec Marsh and Lyle Lin who are drafting for the MLB were selected in 2019.

Among his additional roles while with the Sun Devils, Greenspan served much of his time as the academic liaison between the program and the Sun Devils Athletics Office of Student-Athlete Development to ensure the academic success of ASU student-athletes with 34 baseball student-athletes who received Pac-12 All-Academic honors. Greenspan also oversaw the Sun Devils’ equipment. Greenspan oversaw planning outside of the conference and acted as the program’s liaison with professional scouts, analysts and MLB coaches.

In addition to his off-field duties, Greenspan spent most of his time in Arizona State as the team’s third-base coach. He was heavily involved in in-game coaching decisions from the dugout and was a key member of the coaching staff in developing scouting reports on upcoming opponents in the program.

Greenspan spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Indiana, including the final year (2014) as recruiting coordinator, working extensively with the team’s catchers and hitters. The Hoosiers’ offense ranked in the top 25 in the nation for batting average, slugging percentage, total hits and extra base hits in 2014, ending a two-year run in which the Hoosiers had 93 wins, one trip to the College World Series and one regional host bid.

Greenspan has mentored some of the most prolific players in Indiana program history, including two-time All-American catcher Kyle Schwarber, MLB catcher Josh Phegley, and 2010 Big Ten player of the year Alex Dickerson. He also played a prominent role in Indiana’s talent development when 11 positional players were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including five in the first five rounds.

In the nine years that Greenspan has been a catch coach, his leadership has produced a first-team All-Conference player at that position in five of those seasons, two of whom currently play in the major leagues (Schwarber and Phegley).

Schwarber, who was drafted fourth overall in the 2014 MLB Draft, was a 2013 First Team All-American and was named the top catcher in the country by Perfect Game and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Dickerson won the Big Ten Triple Crown in 2010 after battling .419 with 24 home runs and 75 RBIs.

Greenspan’s other hitting protégés include 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Sam Travis, two-time All-American Dustin DeMuth, and current major leagues Micah Johnson and Ethan Wilson.

Greenspan played two seasons in Indiana and was the 2007 Hoosier team captain and Academic All-Big Ten player. He spent two years at the University of Connecticut as a catcher and first baseman before joining the Indiana program. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sports marketing and management in 2008 and a master’s degree in sports administration in 2008 from Indiana.

Originally from West Point, NY, Greenspan is married to his wife Janine. The couple have two children, Grayson and Adalyn.

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