New Penn State coach Rob Cooper was named the Rod Dedeaux USA Baseball Coach of the Year on Tuesday.
The honor is bestowed annually in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee and has been given annually since 1996.
“I am extremely humbled and honored to be named USA Baseball Coach of the Year,” Cooper said. “To receive an award named after a coaching legend, such as Rod Dedeaux, is a once in a lifetime honor. I am so thankful to USA Baseball, Brant Ust, and (Penn State Director of Athletics) Dr. (David) Joyner for the opportunity to represent our country.”
Cooper guided the U.S. under-18 national team to an 8-1 record and a gold medal at the World Cup. He will be presented the award next July in Los Angeles. The U-18 team also was named USA Baseball’s Team of the Year.
“Coach Cooper and the 18U National Team continued the high-level of success that program has come to expect the last couple of years,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball’s Executive Director and CEO. “We had a remarkable summer across all our amateur programs and have a well-deserving group of winners being honored.”
Cooper was named the Nittany Lions’ new leader on Aug. 19.