Coaching candidates for Oregon baseball:
Andrew Checketts: Former Oregon State pitcher and Oregon assistant led UC Santa Barbara to its first Big West title since 1986 with a 19-5 mark this season. He led the Gauchos to the College World Series for the first time in 2016 and signed a contract extension through 2022. UCSB is 45-9 and ranked No. 12 in the nation this season. Checketts graduated from West Linn High School and was named Pac-12 North player of the year for the Beavers as a senior in 1998. He was Horton’s pitching coach and recruiting coordinator from 2009-11 before being hired by UCSB.
Gary Henderson: The 1979 Sheldon High graduate led Mississippi State to the College World Series last year while serving as interim coach, but he was not retained on a full-time basis and was out of coaching this past season. Henderson is a former Oregon State assistant who won 258 games at Kentucky in eight seasons from 2009-16. He was the Southeastern Conference coach of the year when the Wildcats won 45 games in 2012. Henderson worked with Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens while at Kentucky.
Pat Casey: If the hire is geared toward the best available coach, Casey would be the first call. Casey would probably be more likely to return to OSU if he desires to return from a year off, but maybe he doesn’t want to disturb the current coaching staff with the Beavers. Either way, Oregon could reach out to see if he is interested in moving down the road.
Pat Bailey: Spent 11 seasons as Casey’s assistant at Oregon State before being named interim coach this year. If Casey returns, Bailey could be interested in an offer from the Ducks to be head coach rather than staying at OSU as an assistant. Even if Casey does not return, the Beavers have indicated they will hold a national search for a head coach, so Bailey may be available. Bailey spent 12 seasons as coach at George Fox and won the Division III national title in 2004.
Nate Yeskie: Oregon State’s pitching coach is in his 11th season on the staff and could be ready to become a head coach for the first time. Yeskie was named 2017 assistant coach of the year by D1baseball.com and received a pay raise to stay on Bailey’s staff this season.
Jason Gill: The first assistant George Horton hired at Oregon left before the Ducks played a game to coach at Loyola Marymount. Led the Lions to the West Coast Conference title in 2017 and won the WCC tournament this season to qualify for the postseason for the first time since 2000.
Mike Batesole: Two-time national coach of the year led Fresno State to a national title in 2008. Fresno State won the Mountain West Conference championship this season and also won the conference tournament. The 23rd-ranked Bulldogs are 38-14-1.
Dan Heefner: Dallas Baptist coach has taken the Patriots to the postseason during eight of the past nine seasons. The Ducks may want to see if he’s ready to leave the Missouri Valley Conference. Dallas Baptist is currently ranked No. 22 in the country at 41-18.
Mike Neu: Led California to a 16-14 mark in the Pac-12 during his first season as head coach before taking the Bears to the NCAA Tournament this year. Cal has flirted with dropping baseball in recent years and has a stadium that seats 2,500 so Oregon could try to tempt Neu with better resources in baseball to switch schools in the conference.
Brian Green: Fifth-year New Mexico State coach has won 147 games in the past four seasons, including a trip to the postseason in 2018 after winning the Western Athletic Conference tournament. Former assistant coach at Oregon State and UCLA as well as Kentucky when Mullens was at the school.
Andy Stankiewicz: Former Arizona assistant is in his eighth season at Grand Canyon University where he helped the school transition from Division II in 2014. GCU won the Western Athletic Conference title in 2015 and 2017 and was one win away from reaching the NCAA Tournament this season before losing to Sacramento State in the title game of the conference tournament. The Lopes have gone 69-47 during the past two years, including a 37-14 record in WAC play.
Marty Lees: The former area high school coach who rose up the collegiate coaching ranks was fired by Washington State last week after four seasons. He may not be at the top of Mullens’ list for a head coach, but Lees could be the first person the next UO coach calls to be an assistant. Lees played at Lane Community College and coached baseball, basketball and softball at Harrisburg and Oakridge before being hired by Casey as an assistant at OSU in 2002. He was the third-base coach for Oregon State during CWS titles in 2006 and 2007 before leaving to be an assistant at Oklahoma State in 2013.