The search for the 14th head coach in history of Penn State baseball is set to conclude with Rob Cooper being selected as the new Nittany Lion coach.
Following the announcement of the resignation of Robbie Wine on June 18th, Penn State embarked on a near two-month search to find the coach in charge of turning around the program’s fortune. After a last place finish in the Big Ten going 14-36 overall, 4-20 in conference, Penn State administrators chose the former Wright State head coach as they seek to end an NCAA postseason drought now in its 13th year and pursue the program’s first Big Ten championship since 1996.
The first of three known to interview on-campus last week, St. Louis’s Darin Hendrickson and Western Carolina head coach Bobby Moranda followed, Cooper finished his ninth season at Wright State with the Raiders going 25-30 in 2013. The first season since Cooper’s rookie season at the Dayton program that the Raiders did not win 30 games, Cooper ends his tenure at Wright State with a 286-230 record. Cooper heads to State College with a pair of first-place finishes in the Horizon League and three league tournament titles which produced appearances in an NCAA Regional three times, 2006, 2009, 2011.
Cooper began his coaching career at the University of Miami, spending two seasons, 1994-95, as a student/graduate assistant on the Hurricanes’ staff during seasons that ended with trips to the College World Series. Cooper spent the 1996 season as an assistant at Wake Forest, then moved on to Tulane for the next two seasons, serving as the Green Wave’s hitting coach.
Cooper left Tulane following the 1998 season and returned to Sacramento City College, where he began his collegiate career before lettering at Miami in 1993. After SCC, and before heading to Wright State, Cooper served as the hitting coach, recruiting coordinator and bench coach at Oral Roberts University 2003-04.
The official announcement is expected by the university either Friday or next Monday.