CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State baseball assistant coach Pat Bailey has been promoted to the position of associate head coach, head coach Pat Casey announced on Thursday.
Bailey will be entering his seventh season with the Beavers in 2014 after joining the program prior to the 2008 season from George Fox University. The Beavers have advanced to the postseason in five of his six seasons, and have won 40 or more games each of the last three years. OSU set a school record in 2013 with 52 victories.
“I’m really thankful to be a part of this coaching staff and to work with Coach Casey,” Bailey said. “I appreciate his loyalty to our staff and I think we’re a really close group. I’m blessed to be a part of this program.”
“Pat has been an integral part of our program since joining it in 2007,” Casey said. “He’s very knowledgeable about the sport of baseball and has been an asset to Oregon State the last six seasons. He’s a tireless recruiter and is extremely loyal to Oregon State.”
Bailey has coached the team’s outfielders and hitters during his six-year tenure with the Beavers.
At least one outfielder has been named an all-league player in five of Bailey’s six seasons in Corvallis, and in 2013, he mentored Michael Conforto, who was named the Pac-12 Conference’s Player of the Year. Conforto has also been named an All-American in each of his two seasons in Corvallis.
Conforto and fellow junior Dylan Davis team together to give the Beavers two returning all-league players in the outfield in 2014.
Bailey is a 2012 recipient of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Ethics in Coaching Award. The award is given annually to one or two coaches who “represent the highest standards in sportsmanship, integrity, character and ethics.”
Bailey came to Oregon State after spending 12 seasons at George Fox, winning a Division III national title with the Bruins in 2004.
He compiled a 353-158 record - and is the winningest coach in school history - and earned National Coach of the Year honors after that 2004 national title. He was an eight-time Northwest Conference Coach of the Year honoree.
During Bailey’s tenure, the Bruins won or shared eight Northwest Conference titles. George Fox advanced to the NCAA tournament six times and to the NAIA playoffs twice before moving to the NCAA.
Bailey is the winningest baseball coach in the school’s history.
In 2004, Bailey’s team became the first George Fox squad in any sport to win an NCAA national championship. The Bruins went 40-10 overall, setting a new single-season record for wins and tying the record for best winning percentage at .800.
The Beavers will scrimmage for the final time this fall on Saturday at 2 p.m. Fans are encouraged to attend the workout, which is slated to be held at Goss Stadium. Admittance is free.
Kids are also invited down on to the field after the scrimmage to meet the team and get autographs.
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