WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue baseball head coach Doug Schreiber has announced that fourth-year assistant Jeff Duncan has been promoted to the level of associate head coach.
Duncan has been an integral part of Purdue's success the last three seasons while serving as the program's hitting coach while also instructing team defense, outfield play and base running. He has spearheaded the Boilers' recruiting efforts over the last year as well.
"With the three years that I have been here and now starting my fourth year, it has been outstanding being named that title. It is just a title, because it is really not about me. It's about these players and they have done a great job, they have gotten us to this point and with Coach Schreiber's finger print on this it's just a great honor," said associate head coach Jeff Duncan.
Purdue has compiled a 115-58 (.665) record in Duncan's three seasons as a member of the coaching staff. The 2012 team won a program-record 45 games after the 2011 team had tied the previous mark with 37 victories. The program has posted three consecutive seasons with 30-plus victories for the first time since 1991-93.
Along with winning the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles, the 2012 Boilermakers led the conference in team batting average (.316) and hits (665), both totals representing program records. Purdue hitters also struck out the fewest number of times at the plate of any Big Ten team in 2012. During Duncan's tenure, Purdue has established a new record for runs per game (7.21 in 2010) as well.
"My job is still the same and I do the hitting and assist with all the defense and help Coach Schreiber the best that I can. We are looking to break down the door, we want to go to Omaha and we talk about it every day. We can do it here with the facilities and the coaching staff and the players that are in place," said Duncan.
Four of the team-record seven players selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft were position players that thrived at the plate under Duncan's tutelage. Kevin Plawecki was drafted 35th overall after becoming the program's first winner of the Big Ten Player of the Year and Purdue Male Athlete of the Year awards. Cameron Perkins was drafted in the sixth round after leading the conference in RBI (61) as a unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection.
The new BBCOR bats introduced to college baseball in 2011 did little to slow down the Purdue offense. The Boilermakers led the Big Ten in numerous statistical categories -- highlighted by runs scored, doubles, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and sacrifice flies -- while also ranking among the league's top three in essentially every other offensive stat. Five Purdue position player were recognized as All-Big Ten performers at the end of the 2011 campaign.
Duncan spent nine years as a player in professional baseball within the New York Mets, San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations. He played two seasons in the Major Leagues with the New York Mets, spent six years at the Triple-A level or higher and was named to three different all-star teams during his professional career. He came to Purdue in the fall of 2009 after beginning his college coaching career at Auburn.
Duncan and his wife Lauren are set to become parents of their first child this month.
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