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KEZI Sports Extra Podcast: Oregon baseball coach Mark Wasikowski

On this edition of the KEZI Sports Extra Podcast, Sports Director Andrew Haubner sits down with Oregon head baseball coach Mark Wasikowski to talk the past, present and future of Oregon baseball.

Posted: Sep 5, 2019 12:29 AM
Updated: Oct 10, 2019 5:00 AM

Eugene, Ore. -- Oregon baseball hired Mark Wasikowski following the parting of ways between the team and George Horton. 'Waz', as he's known was a part of the first staff Horton hired when the Duck baseball program was reintroduced. Now, after a stint as the head coach of Purdue, Wasikowski is back. 

KEZI 9 Sports Director Andrew Haubner caught up with Waz following his summer of recruiting to talk about the glory days of playing at Pepperdine, what he's learned as a coach over the years, where Oregon is as a program, and what rules he would change about baseball if he could. 

Also in the podcast: 

1:21 - How Waz likes being back in Eugene.

2:37 - On how his journey as a player shaped who he is.

4:32 - On what 'being ready for college baseball' meant to him. 

6:10 - His favorite off field memory at Pepperdine.

10:04 - On whether or not 'tough love' coaching has changed.

11:35 - His defining moments that shaped him as a coach. 

13:10 - His first set of memories at Oregon during his first stint as an assistant. 

15:11 - Who some of his favorite Ducks were to coach.

17:05 - On his transition from assistant coach to head coach. 

20:10 - On the discussions he had with George Horton following being hired as head coach.

21:45 - On where Oregon baseball is as a program currently. 

23:41 - On the nonstop recruiting over the summer. 

26:44 - The benefits of Oregon State's baseball program as a benchmark for program building.

28:43 - On a new era of Civil War baseball.

30:00 - His favorite Civil War series memory. 

32:50 - On the additional money recently allocated towards improvements at PK Park. 

35:53 - On whether or not baseball has been 'solved'.

38:13 - His first order of business if made the overlord of baseball. 

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