Penn State Hires Robbie Wine To Be 13th Head Baseball Coach
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (Aug. 21, 2004) - Robbie Wine, who has 23 years of playing and coaching experience at the college and major league levels, has been hired to be Penn State's next head baseball coach, Director of Athletics, Tim Curley, announced on Saturday.
A press conference will be held 11 a.m. Aug. 30 to formally introduce Wine as a member of the Penn State athletic family.
Wine, who will take over for recently retired Joe Hindelang, will lead the Nittany Lions after spending the past seven seasons as assistant coach in charge of hitting and defense at Oklahoma State. Wine also oversaw talent evaluation, recruiting and office administration for the Cowboys.
"We are thrilled to welcome Robbie Wine, as our 13th head baseball coach, and his family to Penn State," Curley said. "Robbie has a tremendous background as an elite baseball player and coach. He brings great energy, enthusiasm and passion to our program, and we are confident the future is very bright under his leadership. During his seven years as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State, Robbie has demonstrated a dedication to athletics, as well as academics, that we feel is a great fit for Penn State. We look forward to working with Robbie, his staff and his players on reaching the lofty goals that we have for our baseball program."
"We are excited for Robbie and at the same time we hate to lose him," said Oklahoma State head coach Frank Anderson. "This job will allow him to run his own program and I think he will be a great fit for Penn State. His track record with player development and the offensive ballclubs that he has produced at Oklahoma State speak for themselves. We wish him good luck and think that he will do a great job for the Nittany Lions."
Wine will begin an immediate search to fill the one remaining assistant coaching position he has. Assistant coach Jon Ramsey has remained on staff and will assist in coaching the hitters and defense.
Wine was a two-time All-American catcher at Oklahoma State before being taken by the Houston Astros in the first round (8th overall) of the 1983 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, the second highest pick in Cowboys history. He was the Sporting News' 1982 Player of the Year when he set Oklahoma State's home run record. He made three appearances in the College World Series as a player, including a second-place finish in 1981. Wine was inducted into the Oklahoma State Hall of Fame in 1993.
Wine spent 14 years in professional baseball, including nine as a player, and five years as a coach. He spent 1991 as a hitting coach, third base coach and defensive coach for the Miami Miracle of the Florida State League. He worked for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1993-96 as a Major League Assistant Bullpen Coach and a Roving Catching Instructor.
In 2004, the Cowboys finished 38-24 overall and 15-11 (4th) in the Big 12 Conference before going to the conference tournament and winning it for the first time since the conference expanded to 12 teams. Wine's offense hit at a .312 clip during the season, which was third in the Big 12, and clubbed 48 home runs.
"I think he's had great relationships with his student-athletes," Anderson said. "I think it's an outstanding opportunity for both him and the school. It's a positive move for Penn State and for Robbie. Not only is he a good coach, but he's a good person and part of a great family."
In 2003, Wine's offense hit a conference best 77 homers. In 2000, the Cowboys were in the top three in the league in virtually every offensive category, including batting average, home runs, RBI and runs scored.
In 1999, under Wine's tutelage, Oklahoma State finished third in the country in scoring at 10.39 runs per game and first in runs scored with 696. The Cowboys also finished third in the nation with 132 home runs and a .587 slugging percentage. In 1998, Oklahoma State finished 10th in the country in scoring with 9.52 runs per game. Oklahoma State hit .333 as a team in 1997, when it was tied for first in the country with a .620 slugging percentage. It was also second in the country with 149 home runs that season (2.29 per game), while averaging over 10 runs per game.
Wine is the son of former Philadelphia Phillies player, Bobby Wine. Born July 13, 1962, in Philadelphia, Robbie Wine graduated in 1980 from Methacton High School in Fairview Village, Pa. He and his wife, Shealynn, have two children, son Cory (17) and a daughter Mackenzie (13).
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