Aug. 5, 2013
THE FLATS – Purdue University has announced that former Georgia Tech player and volunteer assistant coach Wally Crancer has been named an assistant coach for the Boilermakers.
Crancer has been on Danny Hall’s staff for the last two years and played his final two seasons at Tech in 2006 and 2007 after transferring from Riverside (Calif.) Community College. The Yellow Jackets played in the NCAA Regionals in each of Crancer’s four years associated with the program and won the 2012 ACC Championship.
He was a starting outfielder on the Jackets’ 50-win team in 2006 that played in the College World Series.
“I want to congratulate Wally and his family,” said Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall. “I also want to thank him for what he’s done for our program both as a player and his two years as a volunteer assistant coach. Wally’s tremendous passion and knowledge of the game make him one of top young coaches in the country. Coach Schreiber and his staff have made a great hire and we are going to miss him on the Flats.”
Following his Tech playing career, Crancer was drafted in the 12th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft by the Baltimore Orioles and spent four years in minor league ball before returning to Tech to begin his coaching career. He was a career .345 hitter in college with 14 homers and 82 RBI in 90 career starts.
Crancer replaces Purdue associate head coach Jeff Duncan, who was named the head coach at Kent State on June 25.
A search for Crancer’s replacement at Georgia Tech begins immediately.