Wedge introduced as newest head coach of Shocker Baseball

WICHITA, Kan, (KWCH) -- Eric Wedge becomes the 22nd coach of Wichita State Baseball and the 3rd in the "modern era," following Gene Stephenson and Todd Butler.

"When there's a clear-cut number one option, whether or not that option is available, you go after that option," Director of Athletics Darron Boatright said of his decision to hire Wedge.

Wedge knows what's expected of him as he takes the reigns from Butler: win and bring back fans to Eck Stadium.

"I just know the culture and I know what the expectations are going to be, and I know the level of accountability that's going to be expected of me, and I don't need to ask anybody that," he said.

The hire also leaves the questions of whether or not he'll retain his staff, such as newly hired pitching coach Mike Pelfrey. Wedge's phone has been ringing off of the hook.

"Those are people in college baseball and other places in baseball that have an opportunity to work for Eric Wedge that they didn't ever think would happen," Boatright said. "He has a lot of cache out there for people wanting to learn under his leadership."

Yet, Wedge gives the credit back to the University.

"So many people have inquired and I think that says a lot about Wichita State. I think it really does," he said. "But I'm going to be aggressive with it and I'm going to be thorough. We're going to make sure we pick the right people for the right reasons."