Mark Wasikowski is in his second season as the Oregon’s recruiting coordinator
and offensive expert. He made an immediate impact in his first recruiting class
with the Ducks finishing with the nation’s sixth-ranked 2013 class according to
In addition to serving as recruiting coordinator and running the offense,
Wasikowski also coaches the outfielders and instructs UO’s base runners while sharing
duties with assistant coach Jay Uhlman working with the Oregon hitters.
instrumental in helping lead the Ducks to within one game of the College World
Series in 2012 and a school-record 46 wins. Oregon finished ranked in the top
25 in all five major college baseball polls, including a No. 10 ranking in the
USA Today Coaches Poll and the Perfect Game poll. UO ended the season 11th in the Baseball
America, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers
In his first season with the Ducks, Oregon improved offensively from the
previous season in batting average, home runs, slugging
percentage, on-base percentage, hits and walks per game. UO batted .265 on the
season, while finishing with a .370 slugging percentage and a .359 on-base
percentage. One of Wasikowski’s outfielders, Aaron Jones, earned a spot on the
honorable mention all-conference team in 2012.
Wasikowski came to Oregon with 10 years of experience in the Pac-12
Conference working at Arizona on Andy Lopez’s staff.
Known as a highly regarded and fastidious recruiter, his prowess on the
recruiting trail paid dividends for Arizona. The Wildcats’ first four
recruiting classes with Wasikowski on staff were tabbed in the top 10 in the
nation (No. 10 in 2002, No. 4 in 2003, No 6 in 2004 and No. 7 in 2005 by
His endeavors on the diamond are equally impressive. Working with the
hitters and infielders, the Wildcats batted over .300 as a team each of the
last nine straight years, including leading the conference with a .320 average
During his time with the Wildcats, Arizona made seven appearances in the
postseason including advancing to the College World Series in 2004.
Before his arrival in Tucson, Wasikowski coached with Lopez at Florida for
three years and one season at Pepperdine. The 2001 Gator team finished with a
fielding percentage nine points higher than the 2000 squad, which in turn
finished with 23 less errors than the 1999 team. All three seasons that
Wasikowski worked with the Gator infield, the team averaged better than a
double play per game and the 2001 team set a school single-season record with
74 double plays turned.
Prior to his stint at Florida, Wasikowski served two seasons as the
graduate assistant at Southeast Missouri State. In 1998 he helped guide the
Indians to a school record 32 wins and an appearance in the NCAA postseason in
the Midwest Regional. SEMO hit a school record 90 home runs that season and had
two players named All-America. While working on the diamond, he also earned his
master’s degree in business at Southeast Missouri State.
In 1997 and again in `98 he served as the head coach of the El Dorado
(Kan.) Broncos in the Jayhawk League, a summer collegiate wood bat league. His
1998 Bronco team won the national championship at the National Baseball
Congress Championships in Wichita, Kan. He was recognized as the NBC
Coach-of-the-Year that season after the championship.
A native of Seal Beach, Calif., Wasikowski graduated Los Alamitos High
School in 1989 and began his collegiate playing career at the University of
Hawaii. He transferred to Rancho Santiago Junior College after one season and
then to Pepperdine in time for the 1992 national championship season. As the
starting third baseman for the Waves, he was twice named All-West Coast
Conference and hit .312 with 10 home runs. In 1999 he was elected to the
Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the `92 title team.
Wasikowski is married to Lori Jo, and the couple has two
daughters, Joelle and Kelsey.