Once a Duck, now a Titan

02/03/2011 11:38

After departure of Rob Strickland in December, former Oregon coach will take helm as Titan baseball's new leader

Alan K. Fox

Issue date: 2/3/11 Section: Sports
 
Dean Stiles is making his mark as head coach of the baseball team.
Media Credit: Javier Magallanes
Dean Stiles is making his mark as head coach of the baseball team.

Last year he was a Duck. Now he bats for the Titans.

Former University of Oregon baseball coach Dean Stiles has taken the reigns of the Titan baseball program following the departure of former skipper Rob Strickland, who resigned Dec. 8. Stiles acted as Strickland's assistant coach during the fall season.

Strickland had been with the program since he was an assistant coach under Donny Harrell since 1997. He took over as head coach in 2004.

"We appreciate all the time and energy that coach Strickland has put into the Lane baseball program during his tenure as head baseball coach," Athletic Director Greg Sheley said.

Strickland took the Titans to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges' playoffs on four separate occasions. The Titans took the title in 2004 after a 3-2 win against Lower Columbia. Last season, the men lost the championship 6-0 to the same team.

Stiles, who has 25 years of coaching experience, was a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Oregon for the past two seasons and has coached at several different high schools. He has also coached multiple Junior Olympic teams. His son, Taylor, played for Oregon State.

"It's a an exciting transition and I'm very excited to be a part of this program and hope to implement a lot of the things we did at the University of Oregon, as far as training and success," Stiles said.

He has also been the general manager of the minor league baseball team, the Bend Bandits and co-founded the Bend Elks, of the highly recognized West Coast Collegiate Baseball League.

"I am confident that Coach Stiles will do a great job and we are excited to have him in our department," Sheley said.

The baseball season starts March 3 with a double-header against the Linfield junior varsity team in McMinnville.