Scott Rolen, a key player for the last two Cincinnati Reds teams to win division titles, has joined the staff of former Wright State baseball coach Jeff Mercer at Indiana as director of player development.
"I couldn't be more excited to add Scott Rolen to our staff," said Mercer in a press release. "The impact Scott will have on the student athletes in our baseball program will be unique among college programs. The value for the staff and players, gaining knowledge daily from someone with such a historic career and who truly values the growth of young people, is special."
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According to an IU press release, Rolen “will assist with on-campus recruiting in accordance with NCAA rules. In addition to collaborating with the coaching staff when preparing for practice and competition, he will also give valuable advice to players on lifestyle choices and making informed decisions when pursuing pro baseball careers.”
Rolen is from Jasper, Ind., 70 miles southwest of Bloomington. He was Indiana’s Mr. Baseball in 1993.
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In a 17-year big-league career, Rolen compiled 2,077 hits, 316 home runs and hit .281. He won eight Gold Gloves and was a seven-time All-Star. He played his last four seasons in Cincinnati.
Rolen was an All-Star third baseman in 2010 when the Reds won the National League Central Division for the first time in 15 years. He appeared in 92 games for the Reds in 2012 when they won the division again and started four games in the 2012 National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants.