It was announced by Purdue Athletics that Purdue Baseball head coach Doug Schreiber will step down from his coaching duties. This season, as been chronicled elsewhere, has been a rough one for the Boilermakers as they struggle through one of the worst seasons in the history of Purdue baseball. Schreiber will be finishing his 18th season at Purdue where he is one of the most decorated coaches in the programs history. He will have coached in almost 1000 games during his tenure. He will best be remembered for the great 2012 season when he led the Boilermakers to the conference title, their first since 1909 (that's Chicago Cubs levels of futility there), and also won their first B1G Conference Tournament Title. Unfortunately that was the peak of his career and it all began to fall apart after that class left.
It's worth noting that Schreiber was also a four year player at Purdue from 1983-1986 where he started at second base. While a player at Purdue he played in a school record 226 games which just seems insane. It's a special thing when you can come back and coach at the school you played for. Schreiber is a lucky man to have been given such an opportunity and to taken such great advantage. Being a baseball coach in the B1G, or hell even the north, is a huge challenge and Schreiber did the best that could be expected. He leaves Purdue as the winningest coach with 484 as of now (there are still two games left). He also has the most conference victories.
It's sad to see a guy like him go but perhaps it's for the best. Maybe some fresh blood and different strategies can put Purdue back near the top of the conference standings. We here at Hammer and Rails wish Coach Schreiber nothing but the best in his future endeavors and thank him for all that he has done for Purdue and Purdue baseball over the last 18 years as a coach, 4 years as a player, and the years in between.
To read the release in its entirety head over to the Purdue Sports website.