Kellen Walker enters his 10th year with the Wolves and his fourth as the program’s head coach.
As the head coach, Walker has totaled 93 wins and 65 losses, leading the Wolves to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament for the past three years.
In 2015, the Wolves went 29-24 as Walker led the Western Oregon baseball program to a GNAC Tournament title. Under his guidance, Matt Taylor and Jesse Pratt earned All-West Region honors. GNAC Pitcher of the Year went to Jesse Pratt and GNAC Freshman of the Year went to Brady Miller. Overall, 10 student-athletes earned All-GNAC selections.
The Wolves won the 2014 GNAC regular season title and hosted the conference tournament for the second straight year. Walker guided 11 student-athletes to All-Conference performance seasons. Daniel McNabb was named All-Region, and Spenser Watkins was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 30th round.
Associate Head Coach
Mike McInerney is entering his seventh year as the pitching coach for the Western Oregon baseball program. Since his arrival in 2012, McInerney has helped lead the Wolves to five GNAC Titles and a 127-47 conference record. In four of the past six seasons WOU has produced the GNAC Pitcher of the year.
In 2012 Grady Wood, a 10th-round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners, captured the award. Wood was also named the NCAA Division II Pitcher of the Year for his efforts. In 2013 A.J. Burke was recognized as the conference’s best pitcher before being drafted in the 31st round. Jesse Pratt received the honor in 2015 along with second team Daktronics All-West Region. Brady Miller took home the award in 2016 before signing in the 23rd round with the Chicago Cubs the following year.
In his short time at WOU, McInerney has instructed five MLB draft picks, one All-American, six All-region pitchers, and 21 All-Conference selections. McInerney has been the lead assistant for the Wolves for the past five seasons and was recently promoted to Associate Head Coach this past winter.
Miles Kizer is entering his seventh season as an assistant coach with the Western Oregon University baseball program. He has helped lead the Wolves to five Great Northwest Athletic Conference titles in six seasons.
Kizer assists with all aspects of the WOU program, including instruction during practice and games, setting up practices, recruiting, running camps and setting up the teams travel. On the field Kizer primarily works with the team’s catchers and hitters. He has led a catcher to an All-GNAC honor in five of his six seasons with the Wolves, including helping Justin Wakem to a 2nd Team All-West Region honor in 2017. There has also been two Wolves’ catchers to sign professional contracts in Kizer’s time at WOU.
During the summer Kizer has coached the Post 20 Dirtbags, a AAA American Legion team in Dallas/West Salem. After being an assistant coach in 2012 he took over as the head coach in 2013, leading the team to its first state tournament appearance. In his four summers as the head coach the Dirtbags, the team has appeared in four state tournaments with a runner-up finish in 2017 and two other top-three finishes. He was also an assistant in the West Coast League with the Wenatchee Applesox in 2015 and will lead the Alaska Goldpanners for the 2018 summer.
Jake Whisler enters his third year as a member of the Western Oregon baseball coaching staff in 2018. He works as a first base and outfield/infield coach.
Prior to coaching, Whisler played second base at WOU for five seasons. He took part in earning five Great Northwest Athletic Conference titles and two West Regional appearances. Whisler was also named team captain during his final season.
Whisler obtained his undergraduate degree in exercise science from WOU in 2015 and will receive his master’s degree in health education this winter.