Aug. 5, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Former Georgia Tech player and coach Wally Crancer has been hired as Purdue baseball's new assistant coach, head coach Doug Schreiber has announced.
Crancer played in the 2006 College World Series with Georgia Tech and later spent four seasons in the Baltimore Orioles farm system. He was a volunteer assistant coach at Georgia Tech the last two years.
"We are very excited to have Wally join our coaching staff," Schreiber said. "He played at a high level for two of the top collegiate coaches in the country in Danny Hall and Dennis Rogers. The experience and knowledge he has gained while coaching at Georgia Tech along with his competitiveness and enthusiasm for the game has helped him become one of the top young coaches in the country."
Crancer replaces Purdue's former associate head coach, Jeff Duncan, who was named the new head coach at Kent State on June 25.
Georgia Tech qualified for the NCAA Regionals in three of Crancer's four seasons affiliated with the program. As an assistant, he worked primarily with the outfielders, assisted the hitting coach and served as the first base coach.
Crancer was selected in the 12th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Orioles as one of a school-record 10 Yellow Jackets picked that year. His best MiLB season came in 2009 when he batted .302 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 61 games with the Frederick Keys. As a two-year starting outfielder at Georgia Tech, he batted .345 with 22 doubles, 14 home runs and 82 RBI in 90 career starts.
In his two seasons on the Yellow Jackets' coaching staff, Tech outfielders excelled both offensively and defensively under Crancer. On the heels of the 2013 season, the entire starting outfield was selected in the first eight rounds of the MLB Draft and signed pro contracts. Junior right fielder Daniel Palka was drafted in the third round by the Arizona Diamondbacks after leading the Atlantic Coast Conference with 17 home runs as a First Team All-American. Kyle Wren, an eighth round selection by the Atlanta Braves, was second in the ACC with eight outfield assists in 2013 as a Second Team All-ACC honoree.
Georgia Tech won the 2012 ACC Tournament and finished as a Regional runner-up to the site host in each of Crancer's two seasons on the coaching staff. As a junior in 2006, he helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a 50-win season. He started both of Tech's games at the College World Series in right field, going 3-for-5 in an opening-round loss to Clemson.
The Norco, Calif., native transferred to Georgia Tech, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 2007, after playing his first two college seasons at Riverside (Calif.) Community College. Crancer and his wife Ashlee have two sons, Blake and Jaxson.