UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State baseball coach Rob Cooper, who was announced as the Rod Dedeaux USA Baseball Coach of the Year in October, is set to be presented with the award today.
The presentation will take place at the Rod Dedeaux Foundation Dinner hosted at the downtown Jonathan Club in Los Angeles. Cooper is the 16th individual in the award's history to receive the honor.
"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."
The honor is bestowed annually in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee. The USA Baseball Coach of the Year award is given to the National Team manager or coach who expects excellence out of his players; a coach who not only strives for his players to succeed but to become better human beings as well. The award was first presented in 1996.
Cooper steered the 18U National Team to an 8-1 record in World Cup play, which took place from Aug. 30 to Sept. 8, 2013, including seven consecutive victories to finish out the gold-medal run.
"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/CEO. "We had a remarkable summer across all our amateur programs and have a well-deserving group of winners being honored."
Cooper, who completed his first season at the helm of Penn State baseball in 2014, was named head coach on Aug. 19, 2013, becoming the 14th coach in the 125-year history of the Nittany Lion baseball program.
Glon named coach
UNIVERSITY PARK - Wieslaw 'Wes' Glon, a 29-year veteran on the Penn State coaching staff, has been named the head coach of the Penn State men's and women's fencing teams. Glon led Penn State to the NCAA title this past year as the interim head coach.
"Wes Glon is the perfect person to carry on the amazing legacy of Penn State fencing," said Dr. David Joyner, Penn State's Director of Athletics. "He has already won an NCAA Championship and has proven himself to be an accomplished coach. His long history of commitment to Penn State and the student-athlete experience is outstanding. This is an exciting day for Penn State fencing and we very much look forward to having Wes carry on our proud and storied tradition."
Glon took the reins as Interim Head Coach in August and quickly set about the task of leading Penn State to its 13th NCAA Championship, an NCAA record. Glon led the Lion men's team to a 22-3 overall record while the women compiled a 16-10 mark. Glon then led Penn State to the NCAA title as eight Nittany Lion fencers earned All-America honors, including sophomore Kaito Streets, who won the NCAA men's saber individual title.
He was named 2014 Coach of the Year by the United States Fencing Coaches Association for his efforts.
UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State women's gymnastics coach Jeff Thompson has announced the addition of Kera (Bolen) Molinaro the Nittany Lions' coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
Molinaro enters her 10th season involved with collegiate gymnastics, which includes two years as the volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, Oregon State, and three seasons on the coaching staff at Rutgers. She competed for the Beavers from 2006-09 and helped them to four consecutive appearances at the NCAA Championships.
"We could not be happier to welcome Kera to the Penn State family," said coach Jeff Thompson. "Kera brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program that can only help our student-athletes."