Purdue baseball associate head coach Jeff Duncan has been selected as the next head coach at Kent State, the university's athletics department announced Tuesday (June 25).
Duncan completed his fourth season on Doug Schreiber's Purdue coaching staff this spring. He was promoted from assistant to associate head coach in the fall of 2012. The Boilermakers compiled a 132-92 (.589) record during Duncan's time as a member of the coaching staff, highlighted by the 2012 Big Ten championship team that won a program-high 45 games. From 2010-12, Purdue posted its first set of three consecutive 30-win seasons since 1991-93.
"Jeff will do an outstanding job leading the Kent State baseball program," Schreiber said. "He has a wealth of baseball experience, is a tireless recruiter, and one of the best persons and competitors that I have been around."
Duncan takes over a Kent State program that has been a consistent winner. The Golden Flashes garnered a great deal of national attention after advancing to the 2012 College World Series. But KSU has been a regular in the NCAA Tournament, making eight appearances from 2001-12. Kent State has finished first in the Eastern Division of Mid-American Conference seven of the last eight years and nine times since 2000.
Duncan replaces Scott Stricklin, who left Kent State after nine seasons to become the head coach at the University of Georgia earlier this month. The Golden Flashes advanced to the College World Series a year ago by winning Purdue's Regional at the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary and then winning 2-of-3 in a Super Regional at Oregon.
Duncan served as Purdue's hitting coach during his four-year tenure in West Lafayette. He also worked with the outfielders, team defense and base running. He played a key role in the program's recruiting efforts, taking over the lead recruiting post in the fall of 2011.
Duncan dubbed the Purdue lineup "the Pack," and the 2010, 2011 and 2012 teams featured some of the top offenses in program history. Five Purdue hitters were named All-Big Ten in 2011 and the four position players that earned all-conference honors during the Boilers' 2012 Big Ten championship team were all selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Kent State has already announced that its longtime pitching coach, former big leaguer Mike Birbeck, will remain in his role as associate head coach. Duncan also played in the Major Leagues during his nine-year professional career.
Duncan joins Ohio's Rob Smith (Purdue, 2002-06) and Cal Baptist's Gary Adcock (Purdue, 1999-00) as former Purdue assistants that are now college baseball head coaches.
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