CORVALLIS, Ore. - A national championship baseball program has added a coach with national championship credentials. Oregon State, which recently won its second straight College World Series, has hired Pat Bailey as an assistant coach; Bailey guided George Fox University to the NCAA Division III national title in 2004.
Bailey's hiring was announced Tuesday by OSU head coach Pat Casey, who said: "It's unbelievable for us to have the opportunity to get a guy of Pat Bailey's caliber to come in and coach with us. He's not just a great coach, but also a great person and a great family man. He fits tremendously with what we're trying to do here at Oregon State."
Bailey, 51, was at George Fox for 12 seasons, compiling a 353-158 record and earning National Coach of the Year honors after that 2004 national title. He was also named the NWC Coach of the Year eight times.
During Bailey's tenure, the Bruins won or shared eight Northwest Conference titles. George Fox advanced to the NCAA tournament six times and to the NAIA playoffs twice before moving to the NAIA.
"Philosophy-wise and personality-wise, Pat and I are very similar," Bailey said of joining OSU's staff. "I'm familiar with Pat and the program and we've been friends a long time, and I'm a friend of (OSU assistant coach) Marty Lees). This is an opportunity to coach at the Division I level, and that's something I'd been looking at doing."
Casey became acquainted with Bailey when Casey was coaching at George Fox and Bailey was head coach at West Linn High School in the Portland area.
"He produced some of the best players in the state," Casey said of Bailey. "I really got to know him when I was recruiting (former OSU pitcher) Andrew Checketts and we were going against Florida for him; he treated me great. His teams and his players were so well-coached in his system ...
"When I left George Fox, I told them that they needed to hire this guy. Now he's won a national championship, he's been a Division I pitching coach (at Portland) - we're adding a terrific individual with a terrific background to our program. We're excited about having Pat and his wife, Susan, as part of the OSU baseball family."
George Fox did not have a losing season during Bailey's time at the school, and he is the winningest baseball coach in the school's history. The Northwest Conference shifted from the NAIA to the NCAA in 2000, and since then the Bruins rank among the nation's top 20 schools at that level in wins with a 215-94 record.
In 2004, Bailey's team became the first George Fox squad in any sport to win an NCAA national championship. The Bruins went 40-10 overall, setting a new single-season record for wins and tying the record for best winning percentage at .800.
After tying for the 2004 NWC title, George Fox earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The Bruins swept through four games at the NCAA West Regional in Orange, Calif., and then posted a 5-1 record at the Division III World Series in Appleton, Wis., beating Eastern Connecticut State 6-3 in the championship game. All nine of George Fox's postseason wins came against nationally ranked teams, and four of its five wins in the World Series were against pitchers who were first- or second-team All-Americans.
Seven of Bailey's George Fox players have signed professional contracts, including five members of the national championship team. His players earned 10 All-America honors and four Academic All-America honors.
Bailey has served as a rater on the NCAA Division III National Baseball Committee, which makes the selections for the NCAA tournament each year. At George Fox, he was also associate director of athletics, director of the Bruin Athletic Association for athletic support, chair of the school's Sports Hall of Fame committee, and a teacher in the Department of Business and Economics.
"I'm a teacher," Bailey said. "I think that we all need to keep teaching, and to keep learning, as we develop people."
Prior to arriving at George Fox, Bailey had been the head coach at West Linn High School in West Linn, Ore., for 10 years. The Lions reached the state championship game in his final season and made the semifinals on two other occasions; he was named league coach of the year four times. He stepped away from West Linn in 1992 to serve as the pitching coach at the University of Portland.
At West Linn, Bailey was also an assistant football coach and taught business courses. In 1994, he was named to Who's Who Among America's Outstanding High School Teachers; in 1995, he was one of 30 outstanding educators honored with a Education Excellence Award given by Associated Oregon Industries.
Bailey earned his business education degree from the University of Idaho in 1978 and his master of education degree in educational administration from the University of Oregon in 1983. Bailey earned two letters in baseball at Idaho and was the team captain; he began his college career with two years at North Idaho College.
Bailey graduated in 1974 from Moscow (Idaho) High School, where played football, basketball and baseball, being named the baseball team's Most Valuable Player.
Bailey and his wife, Susan, have two children: son Alex, who played baseball for George Fox in 2003; and daughter Ann, a student at George Fox.
Year Team W L Pct. Highlights
1981-83 State Junior Summer Baseball - 3 yrs, 84-40 (.677)
1982 * Willamette HS 18 11 .620 Oregon Class 4A state tournament first round
1983 Willamette HS 15 13 .536
1984 Willamette HS 13 13 .500
WHS Totals - 3 yrs 46 37 .554
1985 West Linn HS 16 11 .593
1986 West Linn HS 7 19 .269
1987 West Linn HS 12 14 .462
1988 West Linn HS 14 12 .538
1989 West Linn HS 19 11 .633 Oregon Class 4A tournament semifinals
1990 West Linn HS 20 6 .769
1991 West Linn HS 21 8 .724 Oregon Class 4Atournament semifinals
1992 (assistant coach, University of Portland)
1993 West Linn HS 21 5 .808
1994 West Linn HS 23 5 .821 Oregon Class 4A turnament quarterfinals
1995 West Linn HS 24 6 .800 Oregon Class 4A tournament championship game
WLHS Totals - 10 yrs 177 97 .646
1989-95 American Legion - 7 yrs, 187-64 (.745)
1996 George Fox 25 16 .610 NWC 2nd; 0-2 in NAIA Far West Regional
1997 George Fox 29 14 .674 NWC 1st; 0-2 in NAIA Far West Regional
1998 George Fox 25 13 .658 NWC 2nd
1999 George Fox 32 8 .800 NWC 1st (tie)
2000 George Fox 31 10 .756 NWC 1st; 0-2 in NCAA West Regional
2001 George Fox 22 21 .512 NWC 3rd (tie)
2002 George Fox 27 15 .643 NWC 1st; 1-2 in NCAA Midwest Regional
2003 George Fox 31 13 .705 NWC 1st; 2-2 in NCAA West Regional
2004 George Fox 40 10 .800 NWC 1st (tie); 4-0 in NCAA West Regional, 1st;
5-1 in World Series, national champion
2005 George Fox 32 12 .727 NWC 1st (tie)
2006 George Fox 29 15 .659 NWC 1st; 2-2 in NCAA West Regional
2007 George Fox 30 11 .732 NWC 2nd; 0-2 in NCAA West Regional
GFU Totals - 12 yrs 353 158 .694
Career Totals - 25 yrs, 847-396 (.681)
1997 - Northwest Conference Coach of the Year
1999 - Northwest Conference Co-Coach of the Year
2000 - Northwest Conference Coach of the Year
2002 - Northwest Conference Coach of the Year
2003 - Northwest Conference Coach of the Year
2004 - Northwest Conference Co-Coach of the Year; ABCA West Regional Coach of the Year; ABCA National Coach of the Year
2005 - Northwest Conference Co-Coach of the Year; Greater Portland Area FCA Coach of the Year
2006 - Northwest Conference Coach of the Year