Baseball Hires Doug Schreiber as Head Coach

Former standout player returns to his roots.

May 29, 1998

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue athletic director Morgan Burke announced today the hiring of Doug Schreiber as the Boilermakers' 19th head baseball coach.

Schreiber, a 1986 Purdue graduate, is in his fourth season as the top assistant coach to Pat Murphy at perennial power Arizona State. The Sun Devils currently are seeded sixth in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., with a 38-22 record and No. 7 national ranking. It marks Arizona State's 18th appearance in the College World Series (first since 1994) by a program that has produced 72 major league players.

"After conducting an extensive search that yielded many outstanding candidates, we feel that Doug brings tremendous background, experience, recruiting ability and a special tie and affinity for Purdue University," says senior associate athletic director Joni Comstock, who oversees the baseball program and headed the search committee that recommended Schreiber to Burke. "I am excited to have someone with Doug's knowledge and passion for baseball and coaching join the Purdue family."

Says Schreiber: "I am tremendously honored and excited to come back to Purdue University as the head baseball coach. I am looking forward to again being a part of the tremendous academic and athletic reputation that Purdue has nation-wide, and I'm anxious to get started."

Schreiber's responsibilities with the Sun Devils have included serving as the recruiting coordinator, coordinating team defense and base running and assisting with hitting. Arizona State's recruiting classes were ranked No. 1 in 1995 and No. 3 in 1996, and this year the Sun Devils have signed six of the top 50 prep players in the country.

Before going to Arizona State, Schreiber was an assistant at Notre Dame (1993-94), Butler (1992-93) and Ball State (1990-92).

A native of La Porte, Ind., Schreiber was a four-year starter at second base for the Boilermakers from 1983-86. He was second team All-Big Ten as a senior. On Purdue's career lists, Schreiber ranks first in walks (132), third in runs (159), tied for third in games played (220), fifth in at-bats (700), tied for fifth in triples (9) and seventh in doubles (34). He earned his B.A. degree in communications and has completed some course work towards an M.A. in education.

Schreiber played for the Adray Sound of the Detroit Adray Summer League in 1983 (starting alongside current Cincinnati Reds' all-star shortstop Barry Larkin) and for the Cotuit Kettleers of the prestigious Cape Cod League in 1985.

The 34-year old Schreiber (born Aug. 25, 1963) is the son of legendary La Porte High School baseball coach Ken Schreiber, who twice was named National Prep Coach-of-the-Year before retiring earlier this spring. Doug is married to the former Sarah Piper.