Oregon State Baseball’s coaching staff is once again undergoing a big change. Reports emerged Thursday night that Assistant Coach Pat Bailey is leaving the program. Neither the university nor Bailey have said whether the decision is Bailey’s or the school’s. Regardless, the move is another significant shift for a program that has been undergoing rapid changes over the last few seasons.
Bailey had been with the program since 2008. He became Associate Head Coach under Pat Casey in 2013, and helped guide the team to their 2018 College World Series victory. His efforts working with the team’s batters helped the development of players such as Michael Conforto, Adley Rutschman and Trevor Larnach. After Pat Casey decided to retire, Bailey was made the Beavers’ interim head coach for one season.
When the Beavers decided to make Mitch Canham their new Head Coach for the 2020 season, Bailey stayed on as an assistant. Bailey’s the departure marks the second time a long time assistant has left the program since Canham’s hiring; pitching assistant Nate Yeskie left to be an assistant at Arizona last summer.
Assistant coach Ryan Gipson will be Bailey’s replacement on the coaching staff. Gipson was with the 2006 National Champion Beavers, and joined the Oregon State staff after being the head coach at Linn-Benton Community College.