Ross Oeder joined the ETSU baseball staff on August 15, 2017, where he will serve as the team’s hitting coach heading into the 2018 season.
Prior to ETSU, Oeder spent four seasons as an assistant at Penn State working with the hitters and the infield. He also played an instrumental role in the recruiting department.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to be here working with Coach (Joe) Pennucci at ETSU,” Oeder said. “I’m also excited about getting to work with a good group of hitters and to help continue their success on that side of the baseball.”
The Nittany Lions improved their hitting over the course of four seasons under Oeder’s direction, and Oeder helped the team to a 10-game win improvement in 2016.
Oeder is a graduate of Wright State, where he played three seasons for head coach Rob Cooper before coaching under him at WSU and later at Penn State. Prior to this coming season, Oeder has spent a total of 11 seasons under Cooper as a player and coach.
“Coach Oeder brings a high level of experience to our program, and I couldn't be happier to have him become a part of Buc nation,” Pennucci said. “His playing experience at Wright State, professional baseball and working with Coach (Rob) Cooper at Penn State offers a great opportunity of knowledge to our players.”
Prior to coaching, Oeder spent two seasons playing professionally with the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He held a career on-base percentage of .300 during his two seasons in the minor leagues.
The former Wright State infielder was an All-American in college and was the first Horizon League Player of the Year in program history, which he achieved in 2007. Oeder is one of five players in WSU history to end a season batting over .400, as he finished his senior year batting .408. He ranks among the career leaders in multiple offensive categories, including batting average, doubles, total bases and runs scored.
As a coach at WSU, Oeder was instrumental in helping the Raiders advance to the 2011 NCAA Tournament. He also helped the team earn back-to-back Horizon League regular season championships in 2010 and 2011.
Oeder received his bachelor’s from Wright State in 2008 with a degree in organizational leadership and later earned his master’s degree in leadership development in 2012. He is married to Christa Oeder.