Chadd Blasko, a first team All-Big Ten selection for Purdue and the 36th overall selection in the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft, returns to West Lafayette as the Boilermakers' volunteer assistant coach.
Blasko, the highest drafted player during Schreiber's 10 seasons as the Boilers' skipper, pitched for three seasons with the Old Gold and Black from 2000-02. The right-hander posted a 15-10 overall record to go along with a 3.47 ERA, fifth-best in school history, and 156 strikeouts in 207 1/3 innings pitched. He was recognized with all-league honors in 2002 after going 5-3 in 12 starts with a 2.98 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 84 2/3 innings pitched.
The Chicago Cubs selected him with their supplemental pick in the first round following his junior season. He won 10 games in his first professional season and reached as high as Double-A, but shoulder issues derailed his playing career in early 2007.
He will assist with the Boilermaker pitching staff.