BASEBALL: Ball State tabs Marconi as coach

Beals endorsed former assistant

Alex Marconi will become Ball State University's ninth baseball coach in the program's history, the university announced Tuesday.

Marconi replaces Greg Beals, who left to become Ohio State University's coach last month. Marconi has been an assistant at Ball State since 2005, but has never been a head coach before. He also spent one year as a volunteer assistant at the University of North Carolina. He was one of three finalists for the job, beating former Wake Forest University coach Rick Rembielak and Birmingham-Southern College coach Jan Weisberg for the job.

Athletic director Tom Collins said Beals endorsed Marconi for the job. Marconi was not Beals' top assistant, but Collins said he doesn't expect much of a learning curve after the promotion because he knows the program and team so well.

"He had a hand in recruiting a lot of the players," Collins said. "I felt Alex was deserving of the opportunity and he will move the program forward."

Marconi played collegiately at Kent State University under Rembielak before playing professionally in the Tampa Bay organization. He rose to Class AAA in 2001 and 2002, but never played in the Major Leagues.

For more on the story read Wednesday's edition of The Ball State Daily News.