Penn State baseball: Robbie Wine resigns as head coach

From CDT staff reportsJune 18, 2013 

— Following one of the worst campaigns is school history, Penn State baseball coach Robbie Wine resigned after nine seasons, the school announced Tuesday.

Wine’s resignation is the second for a major Nittany Lion spring program in less than two weeks. Robin Petrini resigned after 17 seasons at the helm of the softball program on June 7.

Wine, son of former Major League player and coach Bobby Wine, had a 228-261 career record at Penn State, including 111-135 in Big Ten play, after replacing Joe Hindelang for the 2005 season.

The Nittany Lions qualified for the Big Ten Tournament in four of Wine’s nine seasons and finished as high as third in the regular-season standings. Penn State did not make an NCAA Tournament Field under Wine.

After a third-place finish in league play in 2012, the Nittany Lions plummeted to a 14-36 overall mark this past season and finished last in the Big Ten with a 4-20 record. The overall winning percentage (.280) was Penn State’s worst since the program went 2-10 (.167) in 1897.

For the season, Penn State was last in the 11-team Big Ten in fielding (.953) and scoring (204 runs), 10th in ERA (4.84) and tied for ninth in batting (.258).

Wine’s best seasons were 32-22 in 2011 and 31-26 in 2007. The Nittany Lions finished 20-10 in the Big Ten in 2007.

Wine said he is leaving the program to “pursue other opportunities” in baseball.

“I am excited to start a new chapter in my life and look forward to what lies ahead,” Wine said in a university release. “My experience at Penn State has made me a better coach and person.

“I thank the student-athletes I had the opportunity to coach, mentor and develop on and off the field. I wish them all the best of luck. They will always be a part of my family. I am proud of our accomplishments, growth and direction of the program under my leadership and I wish the best of luck to the next head coach, his staff and the student-athletes.”

Wine was an All-American catcher at Oklahoma State and was drafted in the first round of the 1983 Major League Baseball Draft by the Houston Astros. He hit .146 in two limited stays in the majors with the Astros. He retired as a player in 1990.

He was serving as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State when he was named the 13th coach in Penn State history, replacing Hindelang (389-355-2), who retired after 15 seasons following the 2004 campaign.

Wine had four winning seasons. His teams were very good at home, especially after Medlar Field at Lubrano Park was opened in 2006. The Nittany Lions were 115-80 at home during Wine’s tenure.

“I am very appreciative of Robbie’s contributions to the baseball program and Penn State,” Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner said in a release. “We thank Robbie for his nine years of service to Penn State, and wish him all the best.”

Wine leaves two longtime assistant coaches. Pitching coach Jason Bell came with Wine from Oklahoma State. Eric Folmar, who serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator, completed his eighth season with the program. Volunteer assistant coach Adam White, a former Philipsburg-Osceola High School standout, now is serving as the field manager for the Rochester (Minn.) Honkers. The Honkers play in the Northwoods League, a summer wooden-bat league for college players.

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