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USI baseball coach Tracy Archuleta accepts job at Indiana State

USI baseball coach Tracy Archuleta accepts job at Indiana State

USI baseball coach Tracy Archuleta accepts job at Indiana State

Tracy Archuleta, who led the University of Southern Indiana baseball team to two Division II national championships and five Division II College World Series appearances, will be the new head coach at Indiana State University.

A source with knowledge of Archuleta’s move confirmed the news to the Courier & Press. It was also reported Friday afternoon by the website D1baseball.com.

Archuleta was 571-383 at USI over 18 seasons and came to West Side in 2007 after five seasons at Wisconsin-Parkside. At USI, Archuleta was twice named Division II Coach of the Year.

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USI moved on to Division I athletics play in 2023. The Eagles went 44-70 the last two Division I seasons and finished third in this season’s Ohio Valley Conference tournament, which included a victory over top-seeded Arkansas in Little Rock.

At Indiana State, Archuleta will replace Mitch Hannahs, who was at Terre Haute for 11 seasons. The Sycamores went 44-15 last season. Hannahs led Indiana State to five NCAA tournament appearances and 355 wins.

On June 8, Hannahs left Indiana State to take the head coaching position at South Florida.

In addition to being just two hours from US 41, there are other links between Indiana State and Evansville. The Sycamores play in the Missouri Valley Conference, the same league that is home to the University of Evansville. The two schools’ baseball programs have been among the best in the MVC over the past few seasons.

Archuleta previously served as an assistant coach for five seasons at Wayne State College (Neb.) and Central Missouri State before taking the top job at UW-Parkside. Originally from Iliff, Colorado, she graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver and has a master’s degree in education from Wayne State College.

In addition to their work with USI, the Archuleta family was also instrumental in an annual exhibition game against Evansville each fall at Bosse Field. The funds raised went to the fight against Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA), which Sam, one of Archuleta’s four children, suffers from.

This is a developing story and will be updated.