Washington State athletic director Bill Moos announced the hire of Marty Lees as the new Cougars baseball coach, citing Lees’ success as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State and Oregon State.
PULLMAN — Washington State athletic director Bill Moos announced the hire of Marty Lees as the new Cougars baseball coach on Wednesday, citing Lees’ success as an assistant coach at similar programs.
Lees spent the last three years as the recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State, where his first two recruiting classes were each ranked No. 5 nationally by Collegiate Baseball. Prior to joining the Pokes, Lees spent 11 years on the coaching staff at Oregon State, working primarily as the defensive coach for infielders and catchers, and serving as the Beavers’ recruiting coordinator his final six seasons in Corvallis.
“Marty brings a proven championship mentality to Cougar baseball,” Moos said in a statement.
While in Corvallis, Lees coached conference Defensive Player of the Year Chris Kunda, recruited six consecutive top-25 recruiting classes and helped the Beavers reach three consecutive College World Series berths from 2005 to 2007.
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Lees is tasked with turning around a program that has fallen on hard times. WSU’s 29-27 record this season was its first above .500 since 2010 but the Cougars won just 11 of 19 games against Pac-12 competition.