UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State baseball coach Rob Cooper will receive the Rod Dedeaux USA Baseball Coach of the Year award on Thursday at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles.
It was announced in October that Cooper would be honored with the award, which is given annually to the U.S. National Team manager or coach “who expects excellence out of his players” and aims for his players to succeed on and off the field.
"I am truly blessed to receive this honor,” said Cooper. “I have so much respect for Coach Dedeaux and what he did for collegiate and international baseball. I want to thank USA Baseball, Paul Seiler, my assistant coaches and the 20 ‘Band of Brothers’ that I was lucky to coach. I also want to give a special thanks to Brant Ust for believing in me and helping me realize a dream of winning a gold medal.”
Cooper led the 18U National Team to an 8-1 record in the World Cup, played in late August and early September of 2013. The team won seven straight to take the gold medal. Penn State finished 18-32 in its first season under Cooper.