Trautwein Field in Bob Wren Stadium is used for all of Ohio University Men's Baseball games; for American Legion baseball tournaments during the summers; and also by the Southern Ohio Copperheads, who compete in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.
The construction of the Bob Wren Stadium was started with groundbreaking ceremonies on Saturday, April 26, 1997, and was competed in 1998. The stadium is the centerpiece of the new athletics mall and has a seating capacity of 2,000 people. It has a state-of-the-art playing field, which includes both horizonal and vertical drains under the surface. The stadium includes lighting, increased seating, concessions, restroom areas, team locker room, and an equipment room.
He came to Ohio University in 1949 as the head baseball coach, assistant football and basketball coach. From 1949 through 1975, Wren coached 24 successful baseball seasons. His final coaching record was 464-160-6 for a winning percentage of .704. His teams won 11 MAC baseball championships. In 1970, the Bobcats finished fourth in the College World Series. Fifty-four Bobcat players signed professional contracts while Wren was coaching.
He was inducted into the Ohio University Hall of Fame in 1968 and the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1974. In 1978 he was inducted into the American Association of College Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and in 1984 he was inducted into the Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame.
In addition to coaching, he served Ohio University as the Assistant Dean of Men, Assistant Director of Athletics and Associate Professor of Physical Education.
Bob Wren has been acclaimed by his fellow collegiate coaches as one of the outstanding coaches and baseball authorities in the United States. His teams always brought honor and acclaim to Ohio University.
|Dick Piccard revised this file (http://www.ohio.edu/athens/bldgs/wren.html) on April 26, 2013.|