July 15, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Former Ohio State left-hander Dan DeLucia has been named the Buckeyes’ volunteer assistant coach, head coach Greg Beals announced Monday.
“I’m very glad to be here at Ohio State and it’s even more special having played here,” DeLucia said. “I look forward to seeing the other side of things, developing players and working with the rest of this coaching staff. One thing I stressed when I initially met with the coaching staff was having the opportunity to help win a Big Ten championship. It was something I never accomplished when I played here so hopefully we’ll have the chance to kick down the door and bring that home.”
DeLucia, who concluded his Buckeye career in 2008 after earning four letters, was a first team All-Big Ten selection in 2006 and was a 35th-round selection of the Detroit Tigers in 2008. For his Buckeye career, Delucia posted a 24-13 record and 3.91 ERA in 317.1 innings pitched. He started 52 times and limited opposing batters to a .263 batting average. After graduating with a degree in finance, DeLucia went on to pitch in three minor league seasons with the Tigers and Blue Jays organizations.
“I am very excited to have Dan returning to his alma mater and joining our baseball coaching staff,” Beals said. “Dan’s track record as a player both in college and professionally speaks for itself but I am anxious to be a part of his development as a coach. During the interview process, Dan’s ability to communicate, his knowledge of the game and his passion for this University and baseball program became very evident. We are fortunate to bring a young baseball mind of Dan’s caliber back to Buckeye baseball.”
After going 3-3 in 14 appearances as a freshman, DeLucia really came on the scene as a sophomore in 2005, posting a 6-5 record with a 2.92 ERA in a team-high 95.2 innings pitched as he helped the Buckeyes to an NCAA Regional in Corvallis, Ore. He tallied a team-high 10 wins with a 3.25 ERA in 108.0 innings as a junior in 2006 but had to sit out most of the 2007 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The Columbus native came back as a senior in 2008 to go 3-3 with a 4.70 ERA in 51.2 innings pitched before getting selected by the Tigers in June.
DeLucia ranks near the top of many of the Buckeyes’ pitching records, sitting fifth with 317.1 innings pitched, tied for 11th with 24 wins and tied for 16th with a 3.91 ERA.