Sun Devil Baseball Hires Tim Esmay And Jack Krawczyk As Assistant Coaches
Aug. 30, 2004
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Arizona State head baseball coach Pat Murphy has announced the hiring of former Sun Devil player and coach Tim Esmay and former USC All-American pitcher Jack Krawczyk as assistant coaches for the 2005 season.
'We have added two great and passionate baseball minds to this program in Tim Esmay and Jack Krawczyk,' said Murphy, who is entering his 11th season as the skipper of the Sun Devils. 'Tim is a true Sun Devil who has been at all levels of this program and understands the amount of pride there is when you put on that ASU jersey. Jack is a great young pitching mind that is eager to get out there and start teaching.'
Esmay's main duties will include coaching third base, instruction of the infielders and he will also help 10th year assistant coach Jay J. Sferra with recruiting. Krawczyk will head up the Sun Devil pitching staff and also coordinate all youth instructional camps.
The two new additions to the coaching staff, coupled with Sferra's reputation as one of the top recruiters in the nation, forms what Murphy is describing a solid trio of assistant coaches.
'In this day and age of college baseball you really need three solid assistant coaches to make everything go smoothly,' added Murphy. 'Tim is a high-energy and very enthusiastic coach that really respects the game. Jack was a player that always got the most out of his ability and he'll be able to pass that on to our players.'
Esmay, a Scottsdale native, was a high-energy infielder (1986-87) and assistant coach (1988-90, 94) under legendary ASU head coach Jim Brock. He rejoins the Sun Devil baseball program after spending the last eight years as the head coach at the University of Utah.
'I am extremely excited to be back at Arizona State and to be wearing the Maroon and Gold once again,' said Esmay. 'To have the opportunity to come back and work at my alma mater and contend for the national championship every season is amazing for any coach to be part of.'
Esmay was a two-year starter for the Sun Devils following an All-American career at Scottsdale Community College. Esmay hit .305 (121-for-397) during his two years in Tempe with 23 doubles and five home runs. A graduate of Horizon High School, Esmay returns to ASU after posting a 213-235-1 record at Utah. He also coached at Brophy College Prep in Phoenix for two years (1992-93) and was an assistant at Grand Canyon University (1995) and Utah (1996) before taking over the head job in 1997.
'I have a great amount of respect for the style of play ASU has achieved under Coach Murphy and the way this program develops players,' added Esmay. 'It is a great opportunity to work with Coach Murphy and this coaching staff and continue ASU's reputation as one of the best programs in the nation.'
Krawczyk (pronounced Krawf-check) is the all-time NCAA single-season and career saves leader. He returns to the Valley after a six-year professional baseball career, including spending his last season as a player/coach with the South Bend Silver Hawks in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. The Scottsdale native and 1993 graduate of Arcadia High School is widely considered one of the top relief pitchers in college baseball history. He set the NCAA record with 49 saves during his college career at USC (1995-98) and also holds the USC, Pac-10 and NCAA single-season record with 23 set during his senior season in 1998. Ironically, his record-breaking 23rd save came against Arizona State in the 1998 NCAA Championship Game at the College World Series.
'This is the opportunity of a lifetime for me to start my coaching career in a program that is considered one of the best in the nation,' said Krawczyk. 'I grew up watching Sun Devil baseball and I've always wanted to be part of this program in some capacity.'