BASEBALL: Ball State tabs Rembielak as next coach

Cardinals' assistant Marconi passed over for job

Rick Rembielak will become Ball State University's ninth baseball coach in the program's history, the university announced Monday.

Rembielak replaces Greg Beals, who left to become Ohio State University's coach last month. Rembielak has previously coached at Wake Forest University and Kent State University, compiling a record of 515-393-1 in 16 years. He was one of three finalists to come to campus for interviews last week, beating Ball State assistant Alex Marconi and Birmingham-Southern College coach Jan Weisberg for the job.

Of the finalists, Rembielak had the most experience, especially in the MAC. He is the winningest coach in Kent State history and played at Miami University. In 11 years as coach of the Golden Flashes, he was named MAC Coach of the Year three times and won three MAC Tournament titles. He was inducted into Kent State's Hall of Fame in 2009.

Rembielak left Kent State for Wake Forest after the 2004 season. He took the Demon Deacons to the NCAA Tournament in 2007, before regressing the next two years. His contract was not renewed after the 2009 season, finishing with a .500 record.

Since he was let go by Wake Forest, Rembielak was worked as director of player development at the Hitting Zone, a baseball instruction center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Rembielak has ties with the Ball State program. Beals was an assistant under Rembielak at Kent State before coming to Ball State in 2002. Rembielak coached Beals and Marconi during his time with the Golden Flashes.

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