SEATTLE – (Sept. 21) The new year brings updates to the Seattle university baseball coaching staff, Head Coach Donny Harrel announced Thursday. The departure of assisant coach Mike Nadeau, who accepted the head coaching position at Cal State San Bernardino, and volunteer coach Jeff James, has opened the door for Greg Goetz to move into an assistant coach roll while Billy Boyer joins the Redhawk staff after two years at the University of Washington.
"Both of these hires helps as well because they both have professional baseball playing backgrounds," said Harrel. "They know the ups and downs of our game and the aspirations our young men have of trying to play baseball beyond college. I am excited about our new staff and can not thank Mike Nadeau and Jeff James enough for helping us build this program up. Those two will be missed for sure, but it is nice to have quality people to replace them with."
Goetz spent the last two seasons serving as the Redhawks Director of Operations. Prior to joining the Seattle U staff, he spent three years at St. Andrews University as the pitching coach and strength coach. Prior to SAU, Goetz coached at Everett Community College where he spent three years as pitching coach and strength coach.
"Greg has a great feel for the program and the players already, so the transition should go off very smoothly," said Harrel. "With experience as a pitching coach, coaching outfielders, and also being a head coach, he will now oversee our outfield, help with our LHP's and be a part of our offensive plans and strategies."
Goetz was an eighth-round draft pick to the Cincinnati Reds in 2004. He went on to play professionally for the Single-A Billings Mustangs. After the 2004 season, he was the #3 ranked left handed reliever in the Reds minor league organization according to Baseball America.
"Greg fits the University mission and truly enjoys working with young men and being a part of a bigger community" Harrel said. "He will take over our charity work off the field as well, and will be a great presence in the recruiting world to help us continue to get quality young men to be a part of our program and university."
Boyer spent the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons as a student manager for the UW Huskies. He played four years of professional baseball after being drafted in the 19th round of the 2003 MLB Draft by the Anaheim Angels. Previous to UW, Boyer served as the assistant coach at Pierce Community College where he helped the team win the NWAACC title.
"Billy has one of the best reputations in the Northwest for infield play," said Harrel. "He will assist with our offense and take over the running game, as well as our small game. Billy is a grinder and has a great mentality for helping young men get better in the areas. We are excited that we were able to stay local with Billy and he has a lot of connections in the community and baseball world that will allow us to have a great presence in the south part of Seattle."
Also being promoted from within the Redhawks' program is Phil Mann, who takes over Director of Operations duties after two years as an intern and graduate assistant.
"Phil was an intern with us last season and did a tremendous job and was then able to work with the Everett AquaSox and do day to day operations work for them all summer," Harrel said. "He will do a wonderful job making sure all runs smoothly here on a day to day basis."