COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Board of Trustees has approved a three-year contract extension for head baseball coach Greg Beals that will keep him in the dugout as head coach of the Buckeyes four more seasons and at least through the 2023 baseball season.
Beals just concluded his ninth season at the helm of the Buckeyes by leading the team to a Big Ten tournament championship and NCAA Regional appearance. This was the team’s second Big Ten title in four years and the third berth in the NCAA Regionals, after making the field in 2016 and 2018 previously.
“We appreciate Coach Beals and the leadership he brings to the Ohio State baseball program with our student-athletes, alumni and the entire state of Ohio,” Shaun Richard, senior associate athletics director for sport administration at Ohio State, said. “He led a young, talented ball club to a championship season and another NCAA Regional appearance this spring. We look forward to him continuing to push this program as we strive to achieve the next step in advancing to a Super Regional and beyond.”
The 2019 Buckeyes went on a remarkable run to the Big Ten tournament title in Omaha, Neb., this past May, becoming the lowest seed ever to win the league tournament (No. 7 seed). This was the eighth Big Ten tournament appearance in Beals’ nine seasons and the 36 wins in 2019 were the second-most victories in the Beals’ era.
This latest run of success started in 2016, when Beals guided a talented and dynamic Buckeye squad to one of the top seasons in Ohio State baseball history. The team finished with a 44-20-1 overall record, tied for fifth most victories in the history of the program. That team became the first team in school history to go 5-0 vs. Michigan in a single season. His teams are 15-5, overall, vs. the Wolverines.
In 2018, Beals directed the Buckeyes back to the NCAA Tournament as the group finished with a 36-24 overall record. He holds a 297-230-1 overall record at Ohio State.
“I want to thank Gene Smith and Shaun Richard for their continued trust in me to lead this storied program,” Beals said. “I am excited about the future and preparing for the next championship.”
Beals hit the 500-win mark in his coaching career after a 4-2 win over Purdue Friday, May 11, 2018, at Bill Davis Stadium. Beals ranks third among active Big Ten coaches in Division I career wins with a 540-432-1.
Beals’ program culture at Ohio State stresses elite preparation, competitive toughness and brotherhood, prepares young men for life after baseball and develops talents for the next level. Beals has produced three All-Americans and 36 All-Big Ten honorees. His program has developed 22 MLB draft picks in the last nine years, including five Top 10 round picks. Two players off his 2019 squad were drafted this week: Dominic Canzone went in the 8th round by the Detroit Tigers and Andrew Magno was selected in the 15th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
And his student-athletes are succeeding in the classroom. The team collected a combined 3.1 grade point average during fall semester with 22 Buckeye baseball players earning OSU Scholar-Athlete status this year with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Twelve Buckeyes were named Academic All-Big Ten selections this past spring.