We are delighted with this decision because it is essential for new blood in baseball coaching to come through to have a smooth transition. It also helps keep us on our toes!
When considering who should take over next year, please consider these qualities: passion, dedication, knowledge about baseball rules and strategy.
Experience teaching kids how to play baseball at different levels (from beginner players up), ability to communicate effectively both verbally and non-verbally with children. We want someone who understands what it takes to teach young players and improve their physical and mental skills. With that said, please welcome our new baseball coach for the 2021-2022 school year!
The upcoming year has a lot of movement as far as the baseball program goes.
With the recent departure of long-time coach Donnie Marbut, Athletic Director Pat Chun is searching for a replacement with an extensive list of possible hopefuls. Chun was hired as AD at UW back in 2012 after being AD at Fresno State from 2004-2012. At FSU, he hired current LA Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and hired 2017 World Series Champion manager Dave Roberts.
Chun’s history isn’t only with hiring professional managers, however. He also was responsible for hiring current University of Kansas head coach Ritch Price. Before landing that job, Price coached at Stetson University from 1989-2010 and then moved on into other coaching roles until becoming USC’s hitting coach in 2012 under Head Coach Chad Holbrook. Price was then hired as KU’s new skipper in 2016 after his predecessor Dave Van Horn took the head coaching job at Arkansas.
Price had success during his second season at KU, leading them to their first regional appearance since 2012. They were one game away from advancing out of the program’s 7th straight super regional appearance. He coached 14 players who are currently on MLB rosters.
Chun was unable to give out any names of potential coaches but did say that they are having internal discussions right now on how they’ll interview all of the possible applicants.
2021-2022 is shaping up to be an exciting year for baseball. New players are coming into the league, but there is also a lot of movement among the coaching staff. This will be his first time in a major league dugout, although he has plenty of experience as a bench coach and infield instructor. With many MLB managers changing teams every year, some good ones are bound to be available next year. Leading to what is expected to be another exciting search with another quality baseball coaching staff coming back to Seattle.