An All-American at Wright State, Oeder played professional baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization
Ross Oeder joins head coach Rob Cooper's staff at Penn State after spending the last four seasons as an assistant under Cooper at Wright State. Oeder's primary responsibility with the Nittany Lions will be the infielders.
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 RBIs and scored 18 runs 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-American 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.
Oeder 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 still ranks among the career leaders in 15 offensive categories, tops the career charts in fielding assists and appears 15 times in the single season record books. He owns three of the top four assists seasons and is the career leader in double plays turned.
Oeder earned his bachelors of arts in Organizational Leadership from Wright State in 2008. He is married to his wife, Christa Oeder.