Head Coach – Darren Westergard
Westergard is a Washington native. He graduated from Centralia High School in 1992, went to Western Oregon University and went on to play professionally in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. Darren Westergard is the assistant coach at Skagit Valley Community College for the past 12 years.
Westergard’s first head coaching job was with the Bellingham Bells before they played in the West Coast League. He has also been a head coach for the Anchorage Pilots in the Alaska League.
Assistant Coach – Brian Daly
This year marks Coach Daly’s first season at the helm of the Shawnee Community College Saints baseball program. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program. Daly played professional baseball for over 8 seasons, primarily in Texas and Arizona. Immediately after his playing career ended, he was offered a position as Pitching Coach by former Major League Baseball manager Tim Johnson for the El Paso Diablos. He served in this role for 2 seasons before making the transition back to collegiate baseball. Coach Daly accepted an offer to be Assistant Coach for the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaskan Baseball League in 2014.
The following fall, he was hired as Assistant Coach for a Division 1 Junior College in Southern Illinois where he spent two seasons. In 2015, he was quickly promoted to Head Coach of the Oilers where he led his club to their first Championship Series appearance in over a decade. In 2017, Coach Daly accepted the offer to become Head Coach for the Front Royal Cardinals of the Valley Baseball League where he saw 5 of his players selected in this year’s Major League Baseball Draft. Coach Daly has already seen 19 of his players get drafted by Major League Baseball organizations since making his return to college baseball in the coaching realm in 2014.
With recruiting ties not only nationwide, but internationally as well, Coach Daly is eager to turn Shawnee Community College into a national contender, year in and year out, as well as a destination for baseball’s most elite amateur talent.
Assistant Coach – Trevor Podratz
This is Trevor’s first year with the Lefties. Trevor Podratz is entering his second season as an assistant coach at Western Oregon University baseball in 2018. In his first season he helped lead the Wolves to both a GNAC regular season title and GNAC tournament title.
Podratz assists primarily as the teams hitting coach, he also acts as the mental coach for both the hitters and the pitchers in the program.
Prior to coaching at WOU, Podratz was a catcher/designated hitter for three years at the University of Hawaii where he played in 137 games. After taking a year off of playing college baseball he was the assistant head coach for the freshman baseball team at Vista High School in Vista, California where he worked as the teams hitting coach and pitching coach (2014-2015).
He made his return to college baseball for his senior year at WOU where he played catcher, first base and designated hitter. For his senior campaign during the 2016 season he was named honorable mention All-American, ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-West Region DH, NCBWA All-West Region First Team, GNAC Newcomer of the year, GNAC First Team DH and was named Second Team All-West Region by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA).
He led the team with a .391 batting average, best in program history since 2012. His batting average ranked him 92nd nationally in 2016. He also led the team with a .598 slugging percentage, .476 on-base mark, 70 hits, 44 runs batted in and 16 doubles. Podratz had a 22-game hit streak to close out the regular-season, the longest by any WOU player since Grant Glover in 2010.
Podratz was an all-star in the North Woods League and winner of the all-star home run derby for the Rochester Honkers (2012), all-star in the Alaska Baseball League for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots (2014) under Darren Westergard, a WOU baseball alumni. And all-star in the Western Baseball Association for the San Diego Waves (2015).