Illinois State has now raided Purdue assistants for two of their three flagship men’s sports coaches. First it was Brock Spack, who has done very well as head coach of Redbird football. Now Steve Holm is leaving Purdue baseball after two seasons to take over as the head coach at Illinois State.
Holm, a former major leaguer with the San Francisco Giants, served as pitching coach the past two seasons under Mark Wasikowski. He was part of the tremendous turnaround for the program from 10 wins, to 27 wins, to 38 wins and the third NCAA berth in school history. He also helped develop ace Tanner Andrews, who was just drafted by the Miami Marlins.
Purdue’s pitching staff got infinitely better under Holm. Ross Learnard was twice named a Third Team All-American out of hte bullpen and established a new single season saves record this year. He has also built a promising stable of pitchers for next season, as Andrew Bohm, Trent Johnson, and Gareth Stroh should be a solid weekend rotation.
Congrats to coach Holm, and thank you!