After a year of teaching in Florida, former Peru State head baseball coach Wayne Albury will return to the helm of the Bobcat program. Peru State athletic director Steve Schneider recently announced Albury's return to the head coaching position.
Schneider commented, "We are very pleased to have Coach Albury returning to Peru State College. He is a man of integrity, a proven builder of character and quality teams. This was demonstrated at Peru State during his first tenure here. We welcome him back and look forward to him leading the team to success in a short period of time."
Albury, who had been at the helm for the previous five seasons, returns as the winningest head coach in Bobcat history. In his first five years, Albury's teams went 155-92-1 for a 625 percentage. Albury is only the third coach in Peru State baseball history to have a winning percentage.
Two of Albury's teams qualified for the NAIA's Baseball National Championship Opening Rounds – the only two teams to do so in Peru State history. The 2012 team finished the season 37-18 and qualified by winning the Heart of America Athletic Conference Tournament. That team went 2-2 in the opening round games in Paducah, Ky. The 2015 squad was 39-16 overall and had won both the regular season and conference tournament titles. The 'Cats finished 1-2 in the national opening round in Grand Rapids, Mich. Both squads were among those receiving votes in the final coaches' polls.
Albury will enter his 23rd season of collegiate coaching with a 666-452-1 mark with an overall percentage of .595.
He and his family are excited to return to Peru State. Albury noted, "I want to thank the college administration, including AD Schneider, for allowing me the opportunity to return to Peru State. The College provides excellent support for the athletic programs and I plan to utilize that support again while working with some fine student-athletes."