Iowa didn’t have to look far for its new pitching coach.
The Hawkeyes on Thursday promoted Desi Druschel, who had spent the last three seasons as Iowa’s director of baseball of operations. The move offsets the departure of Scott Brickman, who shifted to an administrative role with the UI Foundation last month.
"We're excited to have Desi as our new pitching coach," Hawkeyes coach Rick Heller said in a school release. "He has been an integral member of our staff the past three seasons and I am confident he'll do an excellent job as an assistant and on the recruiting trail. Desi is as good as it gets on the player development side.
“He's a perfect match for where our program is right now and we were able to hit the ground running with our training for the World University Games in August. I believe Desi will help the program continue to move forward.”
Druschel inherits 10 pitchers from a 2017 staff that broke the single-season strikeouts record and posted a 4.39 team ERA. Gone are key arms in Nick Gallagher, Ryan Erickson, Josh Martsching and Drake Robison, but Iowa returns the bulk of last year’s staff that helped the Hawkeyes to 39 wins, a Big Ten Tournament title and the program’s second regional appearance in three years.
Iowa is also scheduled to get back C.J. Eldred, Kole Kampen and Nick Allgeyer, three hurlers who could’ve been weekend rotation mainstays last season before suffering season-ending injuries.
“I am excited for the opportunity and am looking forward to growing what Iowa baseball has become the past four years," Druschel said in the release. "Rick, Scott (Brickman), Marty (Sutherland), and the rest of the staff has put Iowa on the baseball map. We're all looking forward to continuing the program's growth.”
Dargan Southard covers preps, recruiting, Iowa and UNI athletics for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register and HawkCentral.com. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.