Assistant Coach- Recruiting/Infielders
Mark Wasikowski enters his third season as an assistant coach at the University of Florida, working with the UF infielders and coaching first base. He also handles duties as Florida's recruiting coordinator.
Wasikowski, 29, has been responsible for back-to-back successful recruiting classes. The Gators' 2000 recruiting class was listed No. 2 in country by Collegiate Baseball. It included high school standout Pat Osborn, who was listed as the eighth-best prep prospect by Baseball America. Florida also signed 14 student-athletes during the early signing period for the 2001 with three players ranked among the Baseball America Top 100 High School Prospects.
The Gator infield showed constant improvement under Wasikowski's guidance. The UF shortstops made only seven errors over the final 28 games after committing 12 in the first half of the season. Overall, Florida committed 23 less errors as a team last season than the previous season and averaged 1.05 double plays per game, the third-best average in school history.
He joined the Gator staff after serving two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Southeast Missouri State. He helped guide the Indians to an appearance in the NCAA Midwest Regional in 1998 en route to a school record 32 wins. The Indians also hit a school record 90 home runs and had two players earn All-American honors.
Wasikowski also served as the head coach of the El Dorado (Kan.) Broncos for the summers of 1997 and 1998, leading the Broncos to the national championship at the 1998 National Baseball Congress Championships in Wichita, Kan. He was named the 1998 National Baseball Congress Coach of the Year after the Broncos won the national title.
A native of Seal Beach, Calif., Wasikowski attended Pepperdine University where he helped lead the Waves to the 1992 NCAA National Championship under current UF Head Coach Andy Lopez. He was the starting third baseman for Pepperdine in the '92 College World Series and was selected to the first team All-West Coast Conference Team in both 1992 and 1993. In his two-year career at Pepperdine, he hit .312 with 10 home runs.
Wasikowksi was recently elected to the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame on Dec. 4, 1999 as part of the Waves' 1992 National Championship squad.
He began his coaching career at Pepperdine in 1994, serving as the volunteer coach under Lopez before serving as an assistant at Los Alamitos High School for two seasons from 1995-96.
Wasikowski is married to the former Lori Crites. They reside in Gainesville.
THE WASIKOWSKI FILE
Birthdate: March 24, 1971.
Education: Bachelor's in business, Pepperdine University, 1993; Master's in business, Southeast Missouri State, 1998.
Playing Career: Pepperdine University, 1992-93; Rancho Santiago Junior College, 1991; University of Hawaii, 1990; Los Alamitos High School, 1987-89.
Coaching Career: Assistant Coach, University of Florida, 1999-Present; Graduate Assistant Coach, Southeast Missouri State, 1997-98; Assistant Coach, Los Alamitos High School, 1995-96; Volunteer Assistant Coach, Pepperdine University, 1994.
Coaching Highlights: Coach on two NCAA Tournament squads...Named 1998 National Baseball Congress Coach of the Year after leading the El Dorado (Kan.) Broncos to the national championship; Coached Southeast Missouri State to NCAA Tournament appearance in the 1998 and a school-record 32 wins.