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The search is over as Ohio State choses Greg Beals to replace Bob Todd

compiled from staff reporting

Also contributing to this story were staff writers StephanieLee, Dan Hock and Nancy Mason

It seems to be that Ohio State has chosen their new baseball coach to succeed the retired Bob Todd.

Greg Beals of Mid-American Conference member Ball State is the chosen one.

Beals will probably bring one member of his Ball State staff with him. Former Ohio State closer, Mike Stafford from the 1997 and 1998 seasons, is his pitching coach.

Other finalists for the coveted job included: Kent State coach Scott Stricklin, Louisville assistant Chris Lemonis,Virginia assistant Kevin McMullan and Indiana coach Tracy Smith.

It had been rumored that others interviewed for the job such as Cincinnati coach Brian Cleary and Akron’s Pat Bengsten, a former Todd assistant, but no one would confirm this to be true.

Greg Beals (courtesy of Ball State)

The Ohio State became a hot ticket when the 61-year-old Todd announced his retirement during the late part of the season. He ended 23 years as the coach and had two years left on a three-year contract.

In eight years at Ball State, Beals had a record of 243-202. He won Mid-American Conference West Division championships in 2003, 2006 and 2009 and a conference tournament title in 2006.

In 2006, the Cardinals played in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1969. They went on to upset number-1 seeded Kentucky in the first round of the Lexington Regional.

Ball State in 2010, played one of the most difficult non-conference schedules in the nation (fourth) and ended up 29-29.

Mike Stafford ex-Buckeyes closer (courtesy of Ball State)

Before being hired to coach at the Muncie, Indiana school, Beals spent nine years as an assistant at his alma mater, Kent State. The Golden Flashes won two Mid-American Conference championships and played in three NCAA Tournaments during his tenure.

He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in human movement studies in 1995 and has a Master’s degree in sports administration in 1999 from Kent State.

Beals played three years of minor-league baseball in the New York Mets organization after being drafted in 1991 in the 22nd round.

The book on Beals is that he is a fantastic recruiter and has seen twenty of his players drafted by Major League Baseball teams.

Beals is a Springfield, Ohio native having graduated from Kenton Ridge High School. He is married and has three daughters.

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