Mark Wasikowski leaving Purdue to coach Oregon

After guiding the Purdue baseball program for the past three seasons, Mark Wasikowski is headed back to Oregon.

Posted: Jun 11, 2019 9:42 PM
Updated: Jun 13, 2019 12:59 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — After guiding the Purdue baseball program for the past three seasons, Mark Wasikowski is headed back to Oregon.

Wasikowski was named the new head coach of the Oregon Ducks on Tuesday succeeding George Horton. Wasikowski served as an assistant under Horton from 2012-16.

Wasikowski was hired by Purdue in June of 2016. His time in West Lafayette was highlighted by a 38-win 2018 season, a campaign in which the Boilermakers finished second in both the Big Ten regular season standings and in the conference tournament. 

Purdue earned an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament and a two-seed in the Chapel Hill Regional. It marked just the third time program history, the Boilermakers appeared in NCAA Regional.

Purdue Athletics released this statement regarding Wasikowski and the school's pursuit of its next head coach.

"We appreciate the efforts by Waz and his staff the last three seasons and wish him the best. Purdue baseball has a bright future with a tremendous facility and outstanding support. A search will begin immediately to identify our next head coach."

Purdue finished the 2019 season with a 20-34 record. The Boilermakers did not qualify for the Big Ten tournament.

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