Elliott Cribby enters his fifth season as the Associate Head Coach, Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for Seattle University baseball in 2017-18. In four seasons, Cribby has been integral in making the Redhawks pitching staff among the best on the West Coast. He has also earned a reputation as one of the nation's top recruiters, having been voted amongst his peers.
In 2017, the Redhawks welcomed another Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, Austin Lively, a Lake Washington High School graduate like Cribby. The 2017 season marked the third year in a row a Redhawk has been selected to the Freshman All-American Team.
Major League Baseball called once again in 2017 as junior RHP Janson Junk was selected by the New York Yankees and junior LHP Tarik Skubal was selected by his hometown Arizona Diamondbacks. Senior OF Aaron Stroosma was also signed by the Seattle Mariners, where he joins former Seattle U pitcher Ted Hammond in the organization.
In 2016, Cribby led a Redhawk pitching staff that helped guide Seattle University to another record-breaking season, including the Redhawks first-ever conference championship in the history of the program. Seattle University set an all-time wins record with 37, including multiple Pac-12 victories. Sophomore starting pitcher Nick Meservey was named the WAC Pitcher of the Year. Freshman Zach Wolf was named to the Louisville Slugger and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Freshman All-American Teams. Wolf was a perfect 12 for 12 in save opportunities for the Redhawks. Seattle University Baseball is the only program in the Northwest over the last two seasons to have back-to-back Freshman All-American pitchers. Tarik Skubal and Janson Junk both set single game records for strikeouts with 13 apiece. Ted Hammond set the record for wins in a career at Seattle University and is now currently pitching in the Seattle Mariners organization.
As a staff in 2016, the Redhawks posted a 3.61 ERA, the second lowest mark in the program’s history. Seattle U also struck out a record-tying 448 batters, matching last years total. Cribby’s pitchers led the WAC in wins, ERA, saves, strikeouts, opposing batting average, strikeouts per game, least walks per game, and least hits per game. Across the country the Redhawk staff was ranked 19th in strikeout-to-walk ratio, 26th in walks allowed per nine innings, 28th in shutouts, 43rd in ERA, and 46th in WHIP. The Kansas City Royals in the 24th round of the Major League Baseball Draft selected battery mate, Michael McCann.
Cribby also completed his second year as Pitching Coach for the BRAVE team in USA Baseball’s Tournament of Stars in June of 2016.
In 2015, Cribby was key to another accomplished pitching staff. The 3.60 team ERA ranked third in the WAC and lead the conference in strikeouts for the second year in a row. Junior starting pitcher Skyler Genger was named to the All-WAC Second Team and set a Redhawk baseball single-season record for strikeouts in a season (120), also ranking ninth in the country. Freshman starting pitcher Tarik Skubal was also named to the All-WAC Second Team, and was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All American Team. Skubal tied a modern day Redhawk record for strikeouts in a game with 11.
In a historic season for Redhawk baseball that amassed a program record 31 wins; the 2015 season also produced three Major League Baseball draft picks. Junior outfielder Landon Cray was selected in the 18th round by the Tampa Bay Rays, Junior LHP Will Dennis was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 23rd round and senior catcher Brian Olson was selected in the 34th round by the Minnesota Twins. Cribby’s staff ranked 32nd in the nation (out of 301 Division I teams) in strikeout to walk ratio, 48th in least walks allowed per nine innings, and 51st in WHIP.
Cribby was also selected to coach in USA Baseball’s Tournament of Stars in June of 2015. He was the pitching coach of the BRAVE team that had six players selected for the 18U National Team that won the Gold Medal in the 18U World Cup held in Osaka, Japan.
In 2014, Cribby’s first year, he helped Seattle U to their first trip to postseason since the program was brought back to Division I status in 2010. The pitching staff played an important role as they lowered their ERA from 4.84 in the previous year to 4.11. The staff also led the Western Athletic Conference in strikeouts and least walks allowed per game. Cribby helped many Redhawk pitchers to breakout seasons, including Will Dennis who was converted from his closer role to starting pitcher and led the Redhawks in wins and ERA.
In 2013, Coach Cribby helped guide Abilene Christian University’s pitching staff to new heights. The Wildcats lowered 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 from the previous year. As a staff, ACU Pitchers surrendered just 140 base on balls in 423 innings, tops in the conference.
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. Most recently, three Wildcat graduates during Cribby’s tenure were selected in the 2015 MLB Draft. Right Handed Pitcher Reece Karalus was selected in the 8th round by the Tampa Bay Rays from Santa Clara University, Shortstop Tim Proudfoot was selected in the 35th round by the Oakland Athletics from Texas Tech University, and Outfielder Max Brown was selected in the 37th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks from Kansas State University.
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. A 2008 graduate at the University of Washington, Cribby was awarded as UW’s Sociology Student of the Year along with being nominated for the Pac-10 Conference’s spring Scholar-Athletes of the Year. In 2009, Cribby completed his M.Ed in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership from the University of Washington.
A 2003 graduate of Lake Washington High School in Kirkland, Wash., Cribby and his wife, Shannon were married in December of 2012.