Youngstown State has officially announced the hiring of Trevor Charpie as the Penguins' new baseball coach.

21 Sports reported Thursday night Charpie was taking over the program.

“We are extremely excited about the future of Penguins baseball,” said Strollo. “We are distinctly aware of how important the game of baseball is to the Mahoning Valley and the great passion that exists for Youngstown State baseball within our community and region. We are deeply committed to enhancing and improving the program moving forward into a new era with Trevor leading the charge.”

 YSU President Bill Johnson echoed Strollo’s enthusiasm for the future of the program.
“This is exciting news for Youngstown State baseball!” said Johnson. “Trevor’s experience and proven track record of coaching and mentoring players is exactly what we need to take this program to the next level. His work as our pitching coach last season led to higher performance and helped him earn the respect of each player. They trust him. He’s the perfect fit.”
Charpie, a native of Anaheim Hills, Calif., takes over as the 10th head coach in program history after serving as an assistant coach for the Penguins during the 2024 season. He began the campaign as an assistant coach and camp coordinator before being elevated to the role of primary pitching coach midway through the season. Charpie pitched in the minor leagues from 2017-19 after a standout collegiate career that included stops at Tennessee, Saddleback College and Nevada.
“I am so blessed and grateful to be named head baseball coach at Youngstown State University,” said Charpie. “I would like to thank all the coaches and players I have had the chance to be alongside and who have helped me reach this point. We will work tirelessly to bring a winner to this community, and we will be relentless on and off the field. We are extremely proud to be a part of the Youngstown community, and our goal every day will be to make this community proud of Penguins baseball. I would like to sincerely thank President Johnson, Ron Strollo and the entire YSU administration for this opportunity.”
Charpie helped coach Youngstown State to a memorable run in the 2024 Horizon League Baseball Championship as the Penguins won four games and earned a runner-up finish. YSU won four games in the league tournament for the first time since winning the championship in 2014. YSU’s team ERA also fell nearly five points after Charpie took over as the primary pitching coach during the season.
Charpie helped junior right-hander Jacob Gehring collect First-Team All-Horizon League honors in 2024. Gehring tied the single-season school record with 15 games started while ranking in the top 10 in the Horizon League in wins, ERA, strikeouts and innings pitched. Charpie also helped Nick Perez earn a spot on the 2024 Horizon League All-Tournament Team. The senior right-hander earned two saves and a victory while tossing 6.1 scoreless innings over three appearances in the league tournament.
Prior to arriving in Youngstown, Charpie served as the pitching coach at Golden West College in 2022-23. He previously served as an assistant at Brea High School in 2021-22, and he was the varsity pitching coach at Canyon High School in 2019-20. Charpie also spent five years coaching for the travel ball organization Orange County Premier.
Charpie pitched for the Montgomery Biscuits, the AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, during the 2019 season. He finished his MiLB career with a 9-2 record, two saves, a 3.47 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 72.2 innings pitched over 42 appearances. He also pitched three seasons in the Frontier League for the Joliet Slammers from 2020-22.
Charpie made a total of 73 appearances on the mound during his collegiate career including 31 appearances and 25 starts over his two seasons at Nevada from 2016-17. As a junior in 2016, he posted five wins and a 3.74 ERA with 52 strikeouts in 74.2 innings pitched. As a senior in 2017, Charpie was named Second-Team All-Mountain West after recording 69 strikeouts in 96.1 innings pitched over a career-high 15 starts. He made 21 appearances and recorded a pair of saves as a freshman at Tennessee during the 2013 season.