Wine Flows Away From Penn State

Nittany Lion baseball coach resigns after nine seasons in Happy Valley. PSU finished in last place in the Big Ten in 2013.

Penn State's struggling baseball program is in the market for a new coach. Robbie Wine, who posted four winning seasons in nine years at the helm of the Nittany Lions, announced his resignation Tuesday.

“I have decided to step down as the Penn State head baseball coach to pursue other opportunities in the sport of baseball,” Wine said in a prepared statement. “I am excited to start a new chapter in my life and look forward to what lies ahead. 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.”

Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner said the school has launched a national search for a new baseball coach.

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

Wine went 228-261 at Penn State and had a 111-135 record in the Big Ten. The Lions qualified for the conference tournament only four times in Wine's nine years. Wine led the Lions to a second-place conference finish in 2007 and third in 2008, but they have not been higher than sixth since then. They have been to only two league tournaments since then and did not win a game in either.

PSU was 14-36 overall and 4-20 in the Big Ten last season. The Lions finished in last place in the conference.

Penn State has generally struggled on the diamond the past four decades. The Lions have qualified for the NCAA Tournament only once -- in 2000 -- since 1976.

That said, Wine is the only coach in the program's history who finished with a sub-.500 career record. This despite a significant upgrade in program facilities that began early in his PSU career, highlighted by the opening of Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in 2006.

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