With Pat Casey stepping down after a Championship season, the Beavers are in need of a new head coach. For now, that position will be filled by newly named interim head coach Pat Bailey. Following the 2019 season, the athletic department will conduct a nationwide search for a new head coach, but for now, let’s get to know Pat.
Bailey has been with the team for 11 seasons, joining in 2008. Before becoming the interim head coach, Bailey coached the outfielders for Oregon State. That means he’s been responsible for the development of some of Oregon State’s best players. That includes Michael Conforto, who was a back to back PAC 12 Player of the Year before being drafted in the first round by the New York Mets.
More recently, he shepherded Trevor Larnach to a record setting season in 2018. Larnach hit 19 home runs and 77 RBI, and hit a clutch 2 run homer to give the Beavers the win in game two of the College World Series Final.
Bailey also coached up players such as Steven Kwan, Dylan Davis, and Jack Anderson, all major contributors to OSU’s success in recent years.
Prior to joining the Beavers, Bailey was the head coach at George Fox University. While there, George Fox made regular appearances in the DIII Baseball Tournament. Bailey won a national title with the Bruins in 2004, and is their all time winningest head coach.
He brings both a championship pedigree and a lot of continuity to the Beavers’ Coaching Staff. Whether he’s the man for the future of the program remains to be seen, but its hard to imagine a better choice for the man of the moment.