Former Titan Baseball Player In The News

06/04/2015 12:51

Lees named new coach at Washington State 

Marty Lees is ready to complete his rise from coaching at local Class 2A schools to the Pac-12 Conference.

Lees was named head baseball coach at Washington State on Wednesday, replacing Donnie Marbut, who was fired after 11 years. Lees was an assistant coach at Oregon State for 11 seasons, including 2006 and 2007 when OSU won back-to-back College World Series championships, before spending the past three seasons as an assistant at Oklahoma State.

“This is a dream come true,” Lees said in a statement. “Washington State is a great institution with a strong community and a place I feel I can work with quality people and raise my family. It is important to me to be at a place that can win championships. I believe we can do that at Washington State.”

Lees, who played at Lane Community College and Western Oregon, coached softball, baseball and girls basketball at Harrisburg and also served as the school’s athletic director. He coached the Eagles to a state softball title in 1999.

Lees also spent three summers as coach of the Eugene Challengers American Legion baseball team.

Lees was hired at Oregon State as a volunteer assistant in 2002 and was promoted to a full-time assistant in 2004. He was Pat Casey’s associate head coach from 2010 until 2012, when he left to be an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State.

Lees had two recruiting classes ranked in the top five in the country at Oklahoma State, and the Cowboys won the Big 12 Conference title and advanced to a Super Regional in 2014.

— Steve Mims,
The Register-Guard