The Ducks have their new head baseball coach and it's a familiar face in Mark Wasikowski.
Wasikowski was an assistant coach under the former head coach George Horton during the 2011-2016 seasons before heading to West Lafayette to head up the Purdue Boilermakers program.
He posted a career record of 87-82 for Purdue, ending the 2019 season with a 20-34 record, going 7-16 in Big Ten play.
Prior to his stint in Eugene, he served as an assistant at Florida and Arizona. The last time he was at Oregon coincided with the last time that the Ducks made the postseason.
He played at Pepperdine.
Here’s a statement from Athletic Director Rob Mullens via the Oregonian
“We are excited to add a high-energy and experienced coach in Mark to lead our baseball program,” Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said in a statement. “He has an outstanding work ethic and a track record as an excellent recruiter, and we expect to compete for championships under his leadership. Mark has a wide breadth of experience in both the Pac-12 and beyond, and we are confident that the success on the horizon as well as his high level of engagement will provide a first-class experience for our baseball student-athletes.”
Here's a statement from the man himself via the Ducks press release in the tweet above:
“I am honored and humbled to have this opportunity from Rob Mullens, Eric Roedl and the University of Oregon administration,” Wasikowski said. “Roughly 12 years ago, a dream and a vision from Pat Kilkenny, Joe Giansante, and Hall of Fame coach George Horton started the Oregon baseball program. The program literally started from scratch and is now in a solid position moving forward. We will not shy away from the goal of playing for and winning a National Championship, as challenging as that will be. My family and I are thrilled for the opportunity in Eugene, and I can’t wait to get to work. Go Ducks!”
Welcome back, Coach!