When Trent Johnson’s junior year starts at Purdue he will have a new baseball coach. After three seasons Mark Wasikowski has departed West Lafayette to return to Eugene, Oregon where he will guide the Oregon Ducks. Wasikowski was an assistant at Oregon from 2012-16 before landing at Purdue in 2017.
“We appreciate the efforts by Waz and his staff the last three seasons and wish him all the best,” Purdue athletics stated on Tuesday. “Purdue baseball has a bright future with a tremendous facility and outstanding support. A search will begin immediately to identify our next head coach.”
In three seasons Wasikowski turned around the Boilermaker program with a 19-win improvement in his first season, and a 38-win season and NCAA Regional appearance in year No. 2.
Johnson, a former Crawfordsville star pitcher made an immediate impact as a freshman and was later named the Boilermakers Friday starter this past spring as a sophomore. As a freshman Johnson broke several records, was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team, while posting a 3-1 record and 1.76 ERA in 18 appearances.
As a sophomore he started the season as a middle reliever, before earning five starts at the latter part of the season. Johnson had a 2.83 ERA, a 3-3 record and struck out 73 hitters in just 60.1 innings of work.
Wasikowski picked up Johnson late in the recruiting process and had confidence in the former Athenian out of the gate.
The hiring of a new coach will be crucial for Johnson as he starting to head down a road to be named All Big-Ten and potentially a chance to be drafted in the MLB amateur draft.