YSU drops Pasquale

After one of the worst seasons in Youngstown State University baseball history, head coach Rich Pasquale will not be returning next season.

Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Ron Strollo recently announced a national search to replace Pasquale. For most YSU sports, including baseball, coaches are on a year-to-year contract, meaning simply that they’re signed to a one-year contract each year.

“I appreciate what Rich has done with our athletes and the community, but, unfortunately, our decision is based on the athletes and the competitions,” Strollo said. “He is part of our family, and he surely will be missed.”

Pasquale joined the YSU baseball program in October of 2007. He directed the Penguins to two wins and a third-place finish at the 2012 Horizon League baseball championship. However, the Penguins slated a 9-42 record this year — the most losses in school history.

“I enjoyed my time at YSU,” Pasquale said. “There are a lot of people that care about YSU athletics. I also appreciate the opportunity to coach and work with some amazing people.”

Pasquale added that he and his family enjoyed getting to know the YSU community, especially members of the Penguin Club.