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The Associated Press | August 13, 2014

Troy coach Pierce to retire at end of 2015

TROY, Ala. -- Troy coach Bobby Pierce is retiring after the 2015 season.

The Trojans announced Wednesday that longtime assistant Mark Smartt will take over the program.

Pierce is a two-time Sun Belt Conference coach of the year. He has led the Trojans to four conference titles and four NCAA regionals since taking over in 2003.

Troy won a share of the Sun Belt title last season and lost to Florida State in the regional finals.

Smartt has been on Pierce's staff during his entire tenure. A former second baseman, he helped lead the Trojans to Division II national championships in 1986 and '87 and finished with the third-highest career batting average in school history.

"No one is more qualified to take over this program than Mark Smartt," Troy chancellor Jack Hawkins said.

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