COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dan DeLucia, who has served as volunteer assistant coach for the Ohio State baseball team for the last six seasons, has been elevated to pitching coach for the Buckeyes, head coach Greg Beals announced Tuesday.
“Dan DeLucia has been with us the past six years and has been an integral part of the development of our program, particularly the pitching staff,” Beals said. “His knowledge and ability to communicate and relate to the players make him a great coach. Coach DeLucia is ready for this promotion.”
DeLucia has been a part of the Buckeye coaching staff that has guided to the team to three NCAA Regional appearances in the last four years as well as two Big Ten Tournament titles. This past season, he helped guide the youngest pitching staff in the nation to a postseason title run as the Ohio State arms shattered the school record for strikeouts in a season, concluding the year with 583. DeLucia also took over the first base coaching duties during the team’s title run in 2019.
“Being part of the Ohio State baseball program has had a huge influence on the person and coach I am today,” DeLucia said. “I am honored to lead, develop and inspire our current and future Buckeyes and am committed to the success of the program. My family and I want to thank Coach Beals, the athletics administration and Buckeye Nation for this opportunity.”
DeLucia, who concluded his Buckeye career in 2008 after earning four letters, was a first team All-Big Ten selection in 2006. For his Buckeye career, the three-time team captain 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. 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.
After graduating with a degree in finance, DeLucia was a 35th-round selection of the Detroit Tigers in 2008 and went on to pitch in three minor league seasons with the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays organizations.
Dan and his wife, Carly, reside in Upper Arlington and have three children, James, Gracie and Luke.
“This has been a challenging time with the departure of Mike Stafford,” Beals said. “The one shining light has been the opportunity it brings Dan DeLucia. I am excited about the future of our program and seeing Coach DeLucia take on this new role.”