Donny Harrel begins his sixth year at Seattle University as the architect of the reborn baseball program.
During their first year in the WAC, the Redhawks won 10 games, narrowly missing the playoffs and finished with a season total of 21 wins. Along with a victory over cross-town rival Washington, the Redhawks earned a win over the nationally-ranked Oregon Ducks. Senior shortstop Nate Roberts was named First Team All-WAC for the season, and Andrew Olson was honored as WAC Pitcher of the Week after throwing a 5-0 shutout over UT Arlington.
The Redhawks once again 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.
Mike Nadeau enters his second season within the Seattle University baseball program and is now the top assistant coach for the Redhawks.
As the head coach of the Pierce College 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.
Jeff James enters his third year at Seattle University, but now he enters his first season as an assistant coach after serving as director of baseball operations for two years.
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 ball-club based in Santa Rosa, Calif., and the 18U team of Laces Baseball Academy in Everett.
Elliott Cribby, a standout pitcher at the University of Washington from 2005 to 2008, returns to the Pacific Northwest to become the new pitching coach at Seattle University.
In 2012-13, Cribby was the pitching coach and assistant recruiting coordinator at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, helping the Wildcats lower their team earned run average by almost two full runs while increasing the number of wins, complete games, shutouts, strikeouts, and strikeout to walk ratio.
Before heading to Texas, Cribby was the head baseball coach at Mount Si High School, leading the Wildcats to a 45-7 record over two seasons, including the 2011 state championship, the first in school history. During Cribby's two seasons at the helm, Mount Si produced five Division I prospects, including 2012 Gatorade State Player of the Year Trevor Lane.