Last week, IU announced three members of new coach Jeff Mercer's staff, but on Wednesday, there was another addition to the staff.
Long-time MLB third baseman and Indiana native Scott Rolen will serve as IU’s director of player development.
Rolen played 17 seasons in the MLB, spending time with the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds before calling it a career. In those 17 seasons, Rolen played in seven all-star games and won a World Series with the Cardinals in 2006. He hit over 300 home runs with a career batting average of .281.
Rolen was one of the first players in the Indiana Bulls travel ball organization, which has become one of the more notable programs in the state. After moving on, Rolen would keep his ties to the program, serving as a guest instructor during his playing days. Mercer and IU recruiting coordinator Dan Held also have ties to Indiana Bulls.
During Rolen’s time in the minor leagues, he was teammates with Held for three years, and later, the pair would reunite in St. Louis, where Held served as an assistant bullpen coach during the team's World Series run.
Before his big league career, Rolen was a multi-sport star at Jasper High School in Jasper, Indiana. He played tennis for the Wildcats, was the runner-up for Indiana Mr. Basketball in 1993 and was named Indiana Mr. Baseball that same year.