Seattle University head baseball coach Donny Harrel has announced the hiring of a new pitching coach as well as the promotion of an assistant coach, effective immediately.
Elliott Cribby, a standout pitcher at the University of Washington from 2005 to 2008, returns to the Pacific Northwest to become the new pitching coach at Seattle University. Last season, Cribby was the pitching coach and assistant recruiting coordinator at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, helping the Wildcats lower their team earned run average by almost two full runs while increasing the number of wins, complete games, shutouts, strikeouts, and strikeout to walk ratio.
Before heading to Texas, Cribby was the head baseball coach at Mount Si High School, leading the Wildcats to a 45-7 record over two seasons, including the 2011 state championship, the first in school history. During Cribby’s two seasons at the helm, Mount Si produced five Division I prospects, including 2012 Gatorade State Player of the Year Trevor Lane.
From 2005 to 2008, Cribby led the Washington Huskies in saves and appearances, ranking second all-time on the Huskies appearances list and fifth all-time for saves in a career. A 2006 All-Pac 10 honoree, he was nominated for the Brooks Wallace Award as collegiate baseball’s top player, the Roger Clemens Award as the top collegiate pitcher in the country, and the Stopper of the Year Award, given to the best relief pitcher in college baseball.
“We are very excited to have Elliott on our staff. I was fortunate enough to coach him at UW, and he is one of the fiercest competitors I have ever been around. He will be a grinder in the area of recruiting and I look forward to him bringing his mental toughness to our pitching staff. Elliott and his wife Shannon are excellent additions to our SU family,” Harrel said.
Harrel has also promoted Mike Nadeau from volunteer assistant coach to the top assistant coach position in the Redhawk baseball program. Nadeau is entering his second season at Seattle University after three years as head coach at Pierce College, where he won the NWAACC Championship in 2012 after leading Pierce to a 33-13 overall record.
“Moving Mike up to a paid position is a great opportunity for him and for our organization. Our players really took to his teaching and leaderships skills last season. Mike will handle our infielders, overall defense, little game and running game. He will also continue to lead us in the area of mental skills, with which he did a great job last year,” added Harrel.
The Seattle University baseball team will report to campus in early September to prepare for its second season within the Western Athletic Conference.