Diamonds are Dan Simonds’ best friend, and he’s seen his share of them, both major and minor—Wrigley Field in Chicago; Memorial Stadium in Fort Wayne, Ind.; Alliant Energy Field in Clinton, Iowa. And now Hayden Field at Xavier. The 39-year-old Simonds was hired in June as the University’s head baseball coach after five years as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he helped the Redhawks earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
The 1987 Davidson College graduate earned most of his coaching experience, though, at the professional level. After spending four years playing in the minor leagues for the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs organizations, Simonds became an assistant coach and bullpen catcher for the Cubs in 1992. He later became a roving instructor within the Orioles organization, a hitting and catching coach for the Class A Clinton Lumber Kings and manager of the Fort Wayne Wizards, a Class A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
“I truly believe the Xavier baseball program has a great foundation with many positive features in place,” he says. “My goal will be to expand on these positives and bring Xavier baseball to a new level.”