Program of Champions
The Lower Columbia College baseball team has played in 23 of the last 40 NWAACC championship games.
LCC has recorded 30 wins or more 13 straight seasons including three times over 40 wins. The Devils have 29 consecutive years of 20 or more wins. NWAACC Champions 1970, 1981,1984, 1990,1992, 1995,1996, 1997,2005, 2010,
Lower Columbia College has hired a new head baseball coach. Donegal Fergus has taken over the program from legendary head coach Kelly Smith, who retired in June of 2012.
“It was an incredible talent pool of applicants”, said LCC Athletic Director Kirc Roland.”Coach Fergus has the perfect blend of knowledge, experience and understanding of the expectations here at LCC and he put himself right at the top.”Fergus will also serve the entire LCC student population as Retention Specialist.
Fergus is currently in his second season as an assistant coach with the Division I Seattle University baseball team. He serves as the team’s offensive coordinator and third base coach, as well as working with the outfielders. He also acts as the Redhawks’ Director of Camps.
“Coach Fergus has a wealth of experience working with students as an education planner and that really separated him from the other outstanding candidates”, according to Roland.
Fergus came to Seattle University from Tacoma Community College, where he was the head baseball coach for five seasons. He compiled an overall record of 125-100 (.556), reaching the NWAACC playoffs in each of his five seasons, including a third-place finish at the 2006 NWAACC Tournament. He saw 42 of his players at Tacoma CC advance to four-year schools, including seven who went on to NCAA Division I institutions.
Before becoming the head coach in Tacoma, Fergus was an assistant coach at Lower Columbia for five seasons, helping them to four division titles, three NWAACC runner-up finishes, and one NWAACC championship. As the recruiting coordinator at LCC, he helped orchestrate some of the best recruiting classes of any school in the northwest, including the 2005 group, which saw 7 players drafted by major league organizations.He played baseball at Linfield College for legendary coach Scott Carnahan, a former LCC head coach himself. Fergus earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Linfield in 2000 and his master’s degree in homeland security from American Military University in 2007. He is a native of Powers, Oregon.
Coach Tweit begins his 6th year as a coach at LCC. He is a Red Devil through and through. Grady came here in 1997 as a 3rd baseman from Sehome H.S. in Bellingham, WA where he started for 4 years for coach Gary Hatch.
Grady was early in a long line of Bellingham players to wear the Devil’s uniform. All of the boys from Bellingham that came to LCC played summers for Grady’s father, Murray, on the Post #7 American Legion team.
As a player Grady is remembered as a tough competitor who wasn’t afraid to get his uniform dirty. He led the Devils to a (40-5) record in ’99, including a 28 game winning streak. He played the whole season, every game, on a knee that would require surgery at seasons end. In 2000 he helped LCC to a 2nd place finish in the NWAACC tournament. Grady went on to complete his playing career at York College in Nebraska.
DJ Lidyard joins the Red Devil staff after spending two years at Tacoma Community College, where he served as the Pitching Coaching and Recruiting Coordinator. TCC made the playoffs both years and helped lead TCC to a 30 win season for just the second time in the history of the program.
Lidyard joins the coaching fraternity following an outstanding playing career. Coach Lidyard will serve as the pitching coach and assist in recruiting, as well as the Strength and Conditioning program.
Lidyard attended Lower Columbia College where he helped lead LCC to the NWAACC Championship in 2005. His ERA was an outstanding 0.92 while going 9-2 with 71 strikeouts in 59 innings and giving up 20 walks. After a very successful freshman year, Lidyard was voted Western Region 1st Team pitcher and was drafted in the 19th round by the Baltimore Orioles.
Jason Castro was added to the Red Devil coaching staff on June 1, 2012. Like Head Coach Donegal Fergus, he played collegiately at Linfield College under former Red Devil skipper, Scott Carnahan. Prior to that he graduated from Snohomish High School where he earned all-state recognition while playing for Coach Kim Hammons.Prior to joining that LCC staff, Castro had been the Head Baseball Coach at R.A. Long High School since 2006.Prior to his stint with the Lumberjacks he coached at Rainier High
School in Oregon. His teams had a reputation for competing and playing hard. Castro’s combined record as a high school baseball coach is 96-56-1. His Lumberjack teams averaged fourteen wins a season and qualified for the district playoffs every single year.The highlight of his RA Long tenure was taking the Lumberjacks to the state championship game and being named the 2010 Washington State Associated Press State Coach of the Year.Castro earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Linfield College and holds a Masters degree from American Public University. He currently teaches history at R.A. Long High School. He and his wife Jill and their two daughters, Bailey and Madison, reside in Longview.
Krohn joins the Red Devil staff after spending the last three years as head coach at his alma mater Gresham High School, in Gresham, OR. While at the helm of the school’s program, he guided them to the playoffs the last two seasons.
Krohn is himself a former Red Devil, having been a 2-year starter in 2002-2003, earning 1st Team Western Division, 2nd Team All NWAACC, and All NWAACC Tournament honors.After leaving Lower Columbia, Krohn transferred to nationally-ranked Coastal Carolina University, where he helped lead the Chanticleers to a 40-23 record, en-route to a Big South title and a bid to the Columbia, SC Regional.
Seeking to be closer to home, he transferred after the 2004 season to the University of Portland. That season, he started 52 of 53 games, leading the team in hits, stolen bases, triples, and total bases, and earned Team MVP honors.After graduation from UP, Krohn enjoyed a brief career in professional baseball, playing in 2006 for the Kalamazoo Kings of the Frontier League.