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.