SEATTLE – As Head Coach Donny Harrel enters his 10th season at the helm of the Seattle University baseball program, he announces staffing promotions and additions that will help guide the Redhawks into the 2018-19 year.
The end of 2017-18 brought the departure of Associate Head Coach Elliott Cribby to Purdue University, bringing about a shift in the staff.
"Coaching changes are always tough,” said Harrel. “Fortunately we have added two tremendous coaches to our staff, as well as one promotion within, allowing our program to continue to push forward in a positive direction. Coach Cribby will be greatly missed because he was such a tremendous recruiter and an ambassador for our program, but I am confident that our new staff can keep the momentum moving forward."
Greg Goetz, who served two seasons as the Redhawks’ Director of Operations, moved into a coaching roll last season, and will now have elevated duties as he takes over oversight of the pitching staff, academic and serve as the recruiting coordinator.
"Greg was brought here to prepare for when Elliott would make his move,” said Harrel. “Greg was a professional pitcher and also coached at the collegiate level. He has a tremendous feel for mechanics and a vision for making pitchers better through his extensive pitching program.”
Billy Boyer joined the Seattle U staff as a volunteer assistant last year and will now move into a full-time roll this coming year.
“Last year, Billy did an excellent job helping with our offense and coaching the infielders,” Harrel said. “He will now be our offensive coordinator and run the entire offense, while still coaching the infielders. We are fortunate of the timing to hire Billy, since he had both pro offers and other collegiate offers. I will be turning Billy loose now and I am excited to see him develop our guys on the field and also get out on the recruiting trail to bring him future prospects."
Boyer began his coaching career at Green River Community College as the head assistant coach in 2010-11. He went on to spend four seasons as the head assistant at Pierce College, which won four division titles, one NWAC title and one NWCA runner-up finish. He served as an undergraduate assistant at the University of Washington from 2015-17 before joining the Redhawks’ staff.
“Having the opportunity to join the Seattle U coaching staff last year as the volunteer assistant was a dream come true for me,” said Boyer. “Coach Harrel took me in with open arms and gave me the opportunity to prove myself on the Division I coaching scene. I look forward to joining the staff full time and am excited for the challenge of not only maintaining the program’s recent success, but also helping take the program to new heights.”
Wes Long will round out the coaching staff for the 2018-19 season as he takes over as the volunteer assistant. Long comes to Seattle U after serving as a hitting coach in the minor leagues for the Chicago Cubs. He also serves as the President/Director of Coaching for City Baseball Academy in Seattle.
"Wes comes to us from the Chicago Cubs organization where he coached Redhawk alum Dalton Hurd, who was drafted by the organization last spring,” Harrel said. “Wes will coach our outfielders as well as oversee our running game and small game under the direction of Coach Boyer. Wes brings great experience to our program after playing eight years in professional baseball at multiple positions. He has great vision and is truly about the development process of amateurs, which is what Seattle U baseball is all about. He will bring new ideas and innovation to our organization and help us to continually grow in our schemes.”
Long scouted for the Oakland A’s in 2016-17. He played collegiately at the University of Alabama Huntsville, then played professionally in the minor leagues from 2004-2011 (Oakland A’s, Florida Marlins, Winnipeg Goldeys).
"My family and I are very excited and thankful to join the Seattle U baseball program,” said Long. “I’m looking forward to getting to know all players and going to work on the field.”