This coming season, Oregon State Baseball will be without coach Pat Casey for the first time in over 20 years. With Casey moving into an administrative roll within the athletic department, the role of interim head coach has been given to former associate head coach Pat Bailey. A full search for a head coach will be conducted after the 2019 season.
So our basic question is this: was that the right call?
One the one hand, Bailey has been with the program for over a decade at this point, so he knows the program well. As the guy leading up the outfield coaching, he has had the chance to be hands on with some of the best players in Oregon State’s history. Not only that, Bailey has been the head coach of a national championship team before. He won a D3 natty with George Fox University (a school Oregonians know well) back in 2004.
On the other hand, should OSU pitching coach Nate Yeskie have received the interim tag? Yeskie has also been with the program for ten years, has coached arguably the Beavs’ best position group the last two seasons and just received a significant pay raise (by about $120,000) for his work. Plus, let’s not pretend that having a younger face of the program wouldn’t be a good thing for recruiting in the short term.
Then again, should they have made a permanent hire now while they have time before the season starts? Fall ball will be here very soon, but there is time to get a head coach in before the end of the calendar year at least...or is it better that OSU is taking their time with this?
Let us know what you think by voting in the poll (if you didn’t come to this link via Twitter on your phone because technology), letting us know in the comments, or tweeting at us. Go Beavs!
Do You Agree With Oregon State Baseball’s Interim Head Coach Decision?
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Yes. Great Call
No. It should have been Nate Yeskie.
No. Just hire a head coach now/before the season starts.