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An All-American at Wright State, Oeder played professional baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization
Ross Oeder enters his third season on staff at Penn State in 2015 and his 10th total with head coach Rob Cooper after both playing for him (three seasons) and serving as an assistant coach for him (four seasons) at Wright State. Oeder's primary responsibilities with the Nittany Lions involve working with the hitters and infielders.
With a largely veteran group of batters in 2015, Oeder’s impact became apparent as the Nittany Lions saw dramatic improvement at the plate from the previous two seasons despite a significantly more difficult schedule.
BBCOR bat era (2011-present) highs for Penn State in 2015 included batting average, runs per game and hits per game, while the team’s home run total was more than the previous two seasons combined. The 220 percent increase in homers from the 2014 season dramatically outpaced the national average of 44 percent credited to lowered seams on the game ball. In total, the Lions slugged 44 more extra base hits and scored 64 more runs year-over-year despite playing two less games. The team’s 67 stolen bases were the most since 2005, while doubles per game and RBIs per game figures ranked as the highest for the squad in four seasons.
All three of Penn State’s offensive batting leaders in 2015 were players who enjoyed breakout seasons under Oeder’s guidance. Senior Aaron Novak went from just 13 starts a junior to the team’s top hitter with a .326 average, four home runs and 27 RBIs. Sophomore shortstop Jim Haley batted .301 for the season after batting .265 as a rookie, while also leading the team in batting in Big Ten games at .333. Redshirt junior Greg Guers batted .284 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs after batting .246 with just two home runs and 27 RBIs in his first season at PSU in 2014.
The Lions also saw defensive improvements, as led by Oeder’s infield, the Lions turned the fourth most double plays per game in the nation. The team also posted its best fielding percentage since 2012.
Prior to arriving at Penn State, Oeder spent four seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater after spending two seasons playing professionally in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. The infielder was an All-American standout at WSU, along with being named the first Horizon League Player of the Year in school history during the 2007, and held a career on-base percentage of .300 during his two seasons in the minor leagues.
Upon joining the staff, Oeder and the Raiders continued to see success on the field with the team advancing to the 2011 NCAA Tournament and winning the regular-season Horizon League titles in 2010 and 2011. Oeder instructed the 2011 Horizon Player of the Year Jake Hibberd and three 2011 first team All-Horizon League players in Hibberd, Justin Kopale and Zach Tanner, all part of the Raiders' infield.
One of the most decorated players in Wright State history, Oeder was drafted in the 28th round by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2008 MLB First Year Player Draft and spent his first season with the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League. That season, he collected 40 hits, drove in eight runs and scored 18 times in 48 games played for the Muckdogs. The next season, while playing with the Class A Quad City River Bandits, Oeder played in 32 games with 20 hits, 12 runs scored and five home runs. That season he walked eight times, drove in 15 RBIs, while smacking two home runs in a game on July 17.
While at Wright State, Oeder became the first WSU player since 1993 to earn All-America honors and was the first Raider to earn the Horizon League Player of the Year Award during his senior season. The Sandusky, Ohio, native was a second team All-American selection in 2007, to go along with first team All-Horizon League honors.
Oeder is one of only five players in Wright State history to end a season with a batting average of .400, clipping a .408 during his senior year. He is among the career leaders in batting average, on-base percentage, games played, games started, runs scored, hits, doubles, total bases and hit-by-pitch. He sits atop the hit-by-pitch list and owned a .446 on-base percentage in 219 games played during his career. He was a second team All-Horizon League selection as a rookie, garnered Horizon League Tournament MVP honors while leading the Green and Gold to the 2006 Horizon League Tournament Championship and was selected to the first team All-Horizon League squad after leading the league in five offensive categories.
Oeder earned his bachelors of arts in organizational leadership from Wright State in 2008 and a masters in leadership development in 2012. He is married to his wife, Christa Oeder.
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