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Eric Yardley Signed by San Diego Padres
Eric Yardley, the closer for the Seattle University baseball team over the past two seasons, has signed a contract with the San Diego Padres and will report to the organization's Rookie League squad in Peoria, AZ.
Donny Harrel begins his fifth year at Seattle University as the architect of the reborn baseball program.
The Redhawks increased their season win total in 2012, finishing with 23 victories. Once again, Seattle U earned a victory at Washington, plus picked up an important win at Washington State. The Redhawks also took two of three at San Jose State, the first road series victory for the program since it was reestablished.
In 2011, Harrel led the Redhawks to a 21-30-1 record, doubling the win total from the previous season. Seattle U took two of three games from Notre Dame and split season series with Pac-10 schools Oregon State and Washington. The Redhawks also picked up victories over Super Regional participant Dallas Baptist, Portland, San Jose State, Sacramento State, and Nevada, among others.
Previous to coaching at Seattle U, Harrel was an assistant baseball coach at the University of Washington for four years. At the UW, Harrel was not only responsible for assisting in on-field coaching, but he also was responsible for the Huskies' schedule and assisted with travel issues, budgeting, and helping student-athletes through the admissions process. He also oversaw the team's academic performance and was named Academic Coach of the Quarter in Winter 2007 when the team broke a 14-year record for highest cumulative grade point average.
Before coming to Seattle, Harrel was an assistant coach at Oregon State during the 2003-04 season. His head coaching experience comes from seven seasons at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore., where he compiled a 220-90 record and led the team to the NWAACC championship in 1999. Named NWAACC Southern Division Coach of the Year four times, he also led fundraising efforts to build a field, improve other facilities, buy equipment, and increase scholarship opportunities.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
This is Mike Nadeau's first year at Seattle University after spending three years at Pierce College.
As the head coach of the Raider Baseball program Nadeau led the Raider team to the most successful seasons in the program's thirty-six year history. While at Pierce, Nadeau had an overall record of 79-45 and league record of 53-20. In 2012, Pierce won the NWAACC Championship after going 33-13 for the season, Pierce College's first-ever baseball championship. Mike was named Pacific Division Coach of the Year for 2012 and NWAACC Baseball Coach of the Year. He was also named a two-time Western Region Coach of the Year. The Raiders won their first-ever Western Division titles, and placed first and fifth at the NWAACC Championships the last two seasons.
Nadeau came to Pierce in 2009-2010, following one year as the head assistant coach at the University of Puget Sound. Prior to that, he had been on the staff at Shoreline Community College for four years.
For the past ten years, Nadeau has been the head coach of The Buzz, a very successful summer select program based in Federal Way. Nadeau is also the founder and president of Nadeau Sports Training.
A native of Oregon, Nadeau attended George Fox University, earning his bachelor's degree in history in 1995. Nadeau played at George Fox under former head coach Pat Casey. In his junior year, Nadeau was named the National NAIA Division II Player of the Year (1994). Following his junior year, he was selected as a 17th-round draft pick by the Baltimore Orioles, and played for six years in the minor leagues.
Director of Baseball Operations
Jeff James enters his second year at Seattle University as the Director of Baseball Operations. James will arrange team travel, manage team equipment, and perform other duties assigned to him by the coaching staff.
James came to Seattle University from Everett Community College, where he has been an associate head coach and head hitting coach since 2007. He helped manage the Trojans to a 20-4 record, the best in school history, in 2011. Under his tutelage, the team ranked fifth in hitting in the 35-team NWAAC during both the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
While coaching at Everett CC, James also held numerous summer coaching jobs. He was an assistant coach with the Everett Merchants, a collegiate summer team in the Pacific International League from 2010-2011. He helped the Merchants become the second best-hitting team in the league. He also ventured north of the border to coach when he took a hitting coach position with the Kelowna Falcons of the West Coast League in 2009-2010. Again, he helped the Falcons become the second-best hitting club in the league. James also has head coaching experience, having led both the Seals Baseball Team, a semi-pro summer ballclub based in Santa Rosa, Calif., and the 18U team of Laces Baseball Academy in Everett.
James played collegiate baseball for three years, two with Bellevue Community College and one at the University of Washington. In the 2006-2007 school year, he acted as an undergraduate assistant baseball coach at Washington in lieu of playing his senior season.