SEATTLE – (July 10) Following five seasons as the Redhawks' pitching coach, including three as the program's associate head coach, Elliott Cribby has departed for a position on the Purdue Boilermakers' staff.
“Elliott was a huge part of our success over the past five years," said Seattle U Head Coach Donny Harrel. "We have created a strong relationship over the past 14 years and I am sad to see him go. But I'm also very happy for him and his wife Shannon and this opportunity to coach with a Power 5 conference program."
Cribby helped lead Seattle U to 30-plus wins in 2015, 2016 and 2018. The Redhawks won a program-record 37 games and the Western Athletic Conference regular-season title in 2016. Three of the four SU players drafted this year were pitchers, headlined by lefty Tarik Skubal being selected in the ninth round. Another incoming signee that Cribby recruited was drafted in the 11th round. Cribby also coached Nick Meservey to WAC Pitcher of the Year honors in 2016.
"Elliott did a fantastic job as our recruiting coordinator and helped our student-athletes compile their best academic GPA’s over the past five years," said Harrel. "He will continue to do big things at Purdue and we are thankful for all of his time commitment, hard work and dedication toward our organization. Elliott helped SU become a strong baseball program on the west coast, and we will continue along the path he helped build."
Voted the best recruiter in the WAC by his fellow coaches in a D1Baseball.com poll, Cribby helped build a Seattle U roster that featured multiple MLB draft picks in 2015, 2017 and 2018. The Redhawks had 18 players or recruits drafted total in his five years. His recruits earned Freshman All-America honors for three straight seasons from 2015 to 2017. Among those honorees, pitchers Zach Wolf and Skubal both went on to be drafted. Wolf recorded a pair of 10-save seasons and Skubal eclipsed the program's all-time strikeouts record while fanning 106 in 80 innings as a senior.
Seattle U's pitching staff led the WAC in strikeouts for three straight seasons from 2014 to 2016. The 2016 team was tops in the conference in almost every pitching statistic and among the top 20 nationally with a 2.72 strikeout-to-walk ratio. That season's staff recorded 448 strikeouts vs. 165 walks while surrendering only 18 home runs in 501 2/3 innings.
Cribby pitched collegiately in Seattle at the University of Washington. Previously, he was the pitching coach at Abilene Christian (2013) and the head coach at Mount Si High School (2011-12) in Snoqualmie, Wash. He served as the pitching coach of the BRAVE team in USA Baseball's Tournament of Stars in both 2015 and 2016. The 2015 squad won gold at the event. He led Mount Si High School to a state title in 2011.