Wright State head baseball coach Rob Cooper will be named the new head coach at Penn State, a source said.
The news hadn’t been made official as of Thursday evening, by Penn State or Wright State. Baseball America also reported the hiring.
Cooper will replace Robbie Wine, who resigned at Penn State in June after nine seasons. The Nittany Lions finished 14-36 last spring and placed last in the Big Ten at 4-20. Wise was 228-261 at Penn State and had four winning seasons.
Cooper, the fourth coach in Wright State history, coached nine seasons with the Raiders, compiling a career record of 286-230. He led them to seven straight 30-win seasons. The Raiders failed to win 30 games only in his first season (26-33 in 2005) and this season (25-30).
The Raiders made six Horizon league championship game appearances in his tenure, winning titles in 2006, 2009 and 2011 to advance to the NCAA regional. They finished runner-up in the tournament this season despite a disappointing regular season.
Twelve players signed professional contracts during Cooper’s tenure. Seven were drafted by Major League teams, including Joe Smith, the 2006 Horizon League Pitcher of the Year who’s now with the Cleveland Indians.
Cooper is a graduate of the University of Miami (Fla.). He began his coaching career there as a graduate assistant in 1994. His assistant coaching career also included stops at Wake Forest, Tulane, Sacramento City College and Oral Roberts before he was hired at Wright State on July 14, 2004.
Cooper also has experience with the U.S. national team. He was an assistant coach in 2007 and 2009 and coached the 18-and-under national team this summer.
Cooper’s wife Maureen is a senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator at Wright State.