Mark Wasikowski is in his fourth season at Oregon where he serves as the teams recruiting coordinator while running the team’s offense. He also coaches the team’s hitters and outfielders and instructs Oregon’s base runners. Following the 2013 season, Perfect Game named Wasikowski one of 10 Division I assistant coaches who are “ready to lead.”
During his three seasons in Eugene, The Ducks have compiled a 138-55 record (.715) while earning three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Wasikowski helped lead Oregon to school records in wins during his first two seasons with 46 in 2012 and 48 in 2013. With 44 wins in 2014, Oregon became one of just eight teams in the nation to record three consecutive 40-win seasons.
Oregon’s recruiting classes have also been amongst the best in the country with Wasikowski leading the charge. His first class at Oregon in 2012 was ranked 23rd in the country by Collegiate Baseball, while his second class in 2013 earned rankings of seventh (Baseball America) and ninth (Collegiate Baseball). The class Oregon signed in November 2013 was ranked sixth by Perfect Game in the early 2014 rankings. His third class in 2014 earned rankings of 14 (Baseball America) and 19 (Collegiate Baseball).
In addition to being talented recruiter, Wasikowski is a proven developer of talent. During his 19-year college coaching career, Wasikowski has coached 110 players who have been drafted including 23 that have played Major League Baseball.
Wasikowski was instrumental in helping lead the Ducks to their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014. Oregon finished ranked in the top 30 of two major polls, ranking 27th by both Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Duck hitters led the Pac-12 in runs (368), doubles (110), triples (27), RBI (311), slugging percentage (.385), sacrifices (87) and stolen bases (7).
Last season, three Oregon hitters earned Pac-12 recognition, including two being named to the first team. Catcher Shaun Chase was named to the All-Pac-12 team after leading the conference in home runs (14) and finishing second in the country in home runs per at-bat. Infielder Mitchell Tolman earned first-team recognition after leading the team with a .315 batting average while also finishing in the top five in the Pac-12 in doubles (1st; 18), RBI (3rd;48) and runs scored (5th; 45). Senior second baseman Aaron Payne earned honorable mention honors and A.J. Balta claimed freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball.
Two of Wasikowski’s hitters claimed first-team All-Pac-12 recognition in 2013, with one earning All-America honors, while a third of his hitters claimed honorable mention all-league honors and a fourth earned freshman All-America accolades. Ryon Healy was named Rawlings third-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches of America (ABCA) and first-team all-league before being picked in the third round of the MLB Draft by the Oakland A’s. Shortstop J.J. Altobelli earned first-team All-Pac-12 recognition before he was drafted in the 18th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. Outfielder Brett Thomas claimed honorable mention all-conference honors before being drafted in the 21st round by the Seattle Mariners. Mitchell Tolman claimed third-team freshman All-American honors from Louisville Slugger.
In his first season at Oregon, Wasikowski helped lead the Ducks to within one game of the College World Series in 2012. 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 NCBWA polls.
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, as did Healy and Payne.
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 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 Collegiate Baseball).
His endeavors on the diamond are equally impressive. Working with the hitters and infielders, the Wildcats batted over .300 as a team each of his last nine years in Tucson, including leading the conference with a .320 average in 2011.
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 as a student assistant. 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 1998 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 and captain 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 1992 title team.
Wasikowski is married to Lori Jo, and the couple has two daughters, Joelle and Kelsey.