Concordia University Chicago announced two baseball coaching staff transitions last week.

Adam Smith was promoted from interim head coach to full-time head coach, and Brandon Townsend is the new full-time assistant baseball coach.

Smith served as a full-time assistant and hitting coach for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He helped the team to its first regional appearance in 2009 when the Cougars batted .337 and averaged nine runs per game.

“I am very happy to be part of Concordia on a permanent basis and am grateful to Concordia’s administration for giving me this opportunity,” said Smith, who had served as the interim head coach since Sept. 30 when former head coach Spiro Lempesis was abruptly fired for unspecified reasons. “We have great kids in the baseball program, and I am excited for the chance to lead them.”

Townsend will work with the Cougars’ pitching staff and also be involved in the team’s recruiting.

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Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...