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Report: Wright State’s Rob Cooper to be Named Head Baseball Coach

(UPDATE 8-9): Penn State made the news official today, making Cooper the 14th head coach in Penn State baseball’s history.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to have this opportunity to be a part of the Penn State family and a part of the One Team,” Cooper said. “I am looking forward to leading the baseball program and to get to State College and get to work. I am really excited about what this program can become and what we can do together. I want to thank Dr. Joyner and the entire search committee, led by Jan Bortner (Assistant Athletic Director), for giving me this opportunity. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and my family. We are really excited to be a part of the Penn State family.”

 

Penn State baseball will name Wright State’s Rob Cooper as their new head coach, Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt reported Wednesday night.

The announcement follows former coach Robbie Wine’s resignation in June after nine seasons at the helm of Penn State’s baseball team. His time with the Nittany Lions was fairly disappointing, finishing with a 13-36 record last year and an overall finish of 228-261.

Athletic director Dave Joyner said a national search to find a successor began immediately upon receiving Wine’s resignation.

Penn State would be lucky to have Cooper, who was able to turn the small commuter school’s team into a legitimate baseball program during his time at Wright State.

Cooper has been at Wright State for nine seasons, seven of which had more than 30 wins. His last and rookie seasons were the only two Cooper did not record at least 30 wins. Wright State’s team made three NCAA tournament appearances under his leadership.

Prior to coaching at Wright State, Cooper served as a hitting coach, recruiting coordinator, and bench coach at Oral Roberts University. He was also a graduate assistant for Miami University and an associate scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In addition to his extensive collegiate experience, Cooper serves as the 2013 18U national team manager. He served on Team USA’s coaching staff in 2007 and 2009.

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Jessica Tully

Jessica Tully is a first-year law student at Penn State's Dickinson School of Law. She graduated in May 2014 with degrees in journalism and political science.

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