NWCBL Rounds Out Coaching Staff
April 7, 2016
LYNNWOOD – The Northwest Collegiate Baseball League has rounded out its 2016 coaching staff with the appointments of Bryan Marquez, Joe Townsend, and Joe Dominiak. Marquez will be head coach of the Lacey Legends, Joe Townsend will lead the defending champion Eastside Eagles, and Joe Dominiak will serve a dual role as assistant coach with the Lacey Legends and North Sound Emeralds.
Marquez will be the first head coach of the Lacey Legends, a new team in the league this summer. Marquez was a standout infielder and is somewhat of a legend himself. He played at Sumner High School, went on to Green River for two years, and finished his college career at New Mexico State University (NMSU). He was first-team All-NWAC in 2006 and 2007 at Green River, and was a first-team All-American in 2008 and 2009 at New Mexico State. He was named as a finalist for the prestigious Brooks Wallace award – which goes to the national shortstop of the year – and a semi-finalist for the USA Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy (National Player of the Year). Marquez is in the NMSU record books for home runs, RBI’s, runs scored, walks, and batting average. He holds the school record for assists and double plays.
Marquez also has professional playing experience with playing stints in the Frontier League and North American League. He was with the Kalamazoo Kings (2009), Gateway Grizzlies (2010), and Rio Grande Valley White Wings (2012).
"Bryan has a soft spoken approach and is one of the area’s best infield and hitting instructors," NWCBL Vice President Scott Kelly said.
Marquez enters his fourth year as an assistant coach with Sumner High and is a Lead Trainer, Instructor, and Baseball Operations Manager for the Northwest Prospects Academy. The Legends will play their home games in the South, many of which will be on the campus of NCAA D-II Saint Martin’s University.
Townsend is also new to the NWCBL and is in his 10th year as skipper at Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way. Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. Townsend played at South Shore High School and in college at Long Island University. He was an active duty member of the U.S. Army and landed in the Northwest when he was stationed at Fort Lewis.
Townsend has coached baseball in the area for over 12 years including high school and summer select programs, and also with the Seattle Mariners RBI program. “Joe has a great passion for the game, and the Eagles' players will see that this summer,” Kelly said.
Townsend takes the reins of the Eastside Eagles, who are the defending NWCBL champions.
“Joe is familiar with baseball in our region and will be a passionate role model for Eagles’ players. He’s experienced, professional, and is already proving to be very organized,” NWCBL President Spencer Stark said of Townsend, who served as an assistant coach with the Highline Bears of the Pacific International League (PIL) last summer.
Dominiak will serve a dual role as assistant coach with the Lacey Legends and the league’s semi-pro club, the North Sound Emeralds. Dominiak is currently in his first year as an assistant coach with Central Arizona College in Coolidge, Ariz. The Vaqueros (36-6) are ranked No. 3 in the Perfect Game National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Mid-Season poll. Dominiak is a veteran baseball coach who has over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience – both as a head coach and assistant. He’s had stops at Saint Martin’s University, University of Washington, University of Puget Sound, Chemeketa Community College, Valley City State University, and has worked with several high school programs over the years.
Dominiak is also accomplished in the summer baseball circuit. He has been an assistant (Kitsap BlueJackets, Bend Elks) and head coach (Bend Elks) in the West Coast League, and an assistant in the Northwoods League (Wisconsin Rapids Rafters). He has also served as a hitting instructor for the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Angels.
"There is a history in our relationship with Joe D and his development of players,” Kelly said. “He has pro experience and has taught at every level. It's also great to have his experience at the tournament (Grand Forks International). That is invaluable."
Dominiak is a graduate of Southern Oregon University, played baseball at Lewis and Clark State College, and is a native of Canby, Ore.
ABOUT THE NORTHWEST COLLEGIATE LEAGUE
The Northwest Collegiate Baseball League is a developmental wood-bat summer league located in Western Washington and was created to help college baseball players in the Northwest improve their game. Player fees are affordable and the schedule takes into consideration player travel times. We understand the needs of our players who may need to take classes or work, and are here to support what’s best for each individual. The summer of 2016 marks the third year of operations. The NWCBL also owns a semi-professional team, the North Sound Emeralds. There are still spots available for this summer. Register here: http://www.nwcbl.com/register-
2016 Coaching Staff
North Sound Emeralds - Greg Goetz, Joe Dominiak Elliott Bay Pilots - Ron Omori, Jeff Carlson Pilchuck Pioneers - Bryan Dalton, Paul Twining Eastside Eagles - Joe Townsend, Steve Kolwicz South Sound Sox - Kyle Baskett, Jake Shadle Lacey Legends - Bryan Marquez, Joe Dominiak Rainier Snowcaps - JT Heaton, Rich Heaton