Josh Newman

Penn State has Major League experience to work with its pitchers, as Josh Newman enters his second season on the Nittany Lion staff in 2019.

Newman spent five seasons in professional baseball before moving into coaching, and is now looking to guide Nittany Lions to success on the mound and to the next level. Penn State added to its pro ranks following his first season in 2018, as Justin Hagenman was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Taylor Lehman signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Newman came to Penn State after a four-year stint at Marshall. Notable accomplishments included mentoring Chase Boster, the all-time winningest pitcher in Marshall history, and seeing three pitchers from his staff have their names called in the 2016 MLB Draft. In 2017, the pitching staff held opponents to three runs or less in 21 games, including a complete-game shutout at nationally-ranked Florida Atlantic. Additional wins over nationally-ranked teams included Virginia Tech and Southern Miss. In 2016, Newman helped guide Marshall to a program-record 34 wins and a second-place conference finish, led by three pitchers earning All-Conference USA recognition. D1Baseball.com named Newman as a "top, up-and-coming" Division I assistant coach in 2015, as one pitcher was named to the All-Conference USA team and three players signed professional contracts. His inaugural season with the Herd in 2014 resulted in the school's first Conference USA Pitcher of the Week Award since 2008 and one player earning Conference USA All-Freshman honors.

"Josh's ability to connect with and develop pitchers is a strength," said Penn State head coach Rob Cooper. "He has pitched at the highest level of professional baseball and can educate our players on what it takes to be successful. More importantly, he is a person of high character that will represent Penn State University in a first class manner."

Newman is no stranger to the Big Ten after totaling seven years in the dugout at Ohio State, as he lettered for four years as a student-athlete (2001-04) and served as a volunteer assistant coach for three seasons (2011-13) following his professional playing career. Under the guidance of Newman and pitching coach Mike Stafford, the Buckeye's team ERA dropped 1.70 over three seasons to 3.24 at the end of the 2013 campaign. In 2013, Ohio State ranked in the Top 40 nationally in every pitching category, including walks per nine innings (8th, 2.45), strikeout-to-walk ratio (15th, 2.75), WHIP (17th, 1.19), hits per nine innings (33rd, 8.29) and ERA (38th, 3.24). Ohio State also had three pitchers earn All-Big Ten honors that season.