Oregon head baseball coach Mark Wasikowski announced Thursday the first member of his staff when he named former Ducks player Jack Marder an assistant coach.
Marder will serve as Oregon’s hitting coach, while working with the catchers and being heavily involved in all aspects of recruiting.
“I couldn’t be happier to have Jack Marder rejoining the Oregon baseball coaching staff,” Wasikowski said. “Jack is known as one of the brightest young minds in college baseball coaching circles. His personal connections with student-athletes, attention to detail in his teachings, and daily preparation are traits that Coach Marder has emphasized and are mentioned first by those who have worked with him on a daily basis. Jack’s heart has been with the Ducks’ program from day one and we are excited for him to be a part of the next chapter of Oregon baseball’s success.”
Marder played for the University of Oregon as both a catcher and an infielder from 2010-2011. The Seattle Mariners selected the Calabasas, Calif., native in the 16th round of the 2011 MLB Draft as a draft-eligible sophomore. He spent four years in the Seattle organization and reached as high as Double-A.
Marder returns to Eugene after spending two seasons at Stanford as an assistant coach. He assisted with nearly all aspects of the program including working with Stanford’s hitters and catchers, while also serving as the team’s first base coach.
In Marder’s second season at Stanford in 2019, he oversaw nine Cardinal picked in the MLB Draft, including catcher Maverick Handley, who claimed Pac-12 Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors. Under Marder’s guidance, Handley led the Pac-12 in pickoffs (9) and stolen bases caught (13) while allowing just three passed balls. The Cardinal finished 45-14, good for the fifth-highest win percentage (.763) and third-fewest losses in program history, while earning its 11th Super Regional berth and first since 2014.
Before coaching at Stanford, Marder spent one season as an assistant coach with the Keiser Seahawks. At Keiser, he led the squad in recruiting operations as well as coaching third base. Marder helped the Seahawks to the program’s first NAIA World Series appearance, which included a conference championship and a school-record 43 wins.
Marder started his coaching career at Oregon in 2015-16 as an undergraduate coach while finishing his degree in political science. He served as an assistant for Wasikowski at Purdue and as an assistant coach for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod League in the summers of 2014 and 2015.