Seattle University athletic director Bill Hogan has announced that Donny Harrel, an assistant baseball coach at the University of Washington for the past four years, has been hired as the head baseball coach at Seattle University, which is bringing back baseball as a varsity sport beginning competition in the 2009-10 academic year.
At the University of Washington, Harrel was not only responsible for assisting in on-field coaching, but he also was responsible for the Huskies’ schedule and assisted with travel issues, budgeting, and helping student-athletes through the admissions process. He also oversaw the team’s academic performance and was named Academic Coach of the Quarter in Winter 2007 when the team broke a 14-year record for highest cumulative grade point average.
“This is an excellent situation to build a program from the ground up, and I am excited to receive this opportunity. I am thankful to everyone who made it possible for me to earn this chance, especially Bill Hogan, who has shown the ability to hire and work with successful baseball coaches during his time at USF,” Harrel said.
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“We had over 80 applicants for this position, including several strong candidates that made this a challenging decision,” Hogan said. “I am confident that Donny will be successful here at
Last fall, the university announced its decision to reinstate baseball as a varsity sport, planning to field a team in fall 2009. The school had a long history of baseball excellence, featuring players such as Ed and John O’Brien, John Kelly, Ernie Pastornicky, Glen Mattison, and Bill Tsoukalas, before the sport was dropped sometime during the mid-1980s. In recent years, it has re-emerged as a club sport at
Harrel, expected to begin in his new position on July 1, will have the next year to put together a team and a schedule for the 2009-10 campaign. Baseball will join the other