Bellevue Native Goetz is New Emeralds Skipper
November 25, 2015
LYNNWOOD – Bellevue native and former Everett Community College assistant Greg Goetz has been named the head coach of the North Sound Emeralds.
The Emeralds are a semi-professional team affiliated with the Northwest Collegiate Baseball League.
"Greg comes highly recommended to us. He just recently moved back to the Northwest to be the Director of Operations for Seattle University Baseball, and we feel lucky to have him step in and lead the next chapter with our Emeralds club," said NWCBL president Spencer Stark.
For the past three years Goetz has been the pitching coach at St. Andrews University, an NAIA school in Andrews, Miss. Goetz led major improvements in the pitching staff at St. Andrews – in 2014 the team ERA was second-best in the conference, and ranked 34th nationally. In 2015 St. Andrews had the lowest ERA in the conference.
Goetz was the pitching coach at Everett Community College from 2010-12. The Trojans pitching staff had the lowest ERA (1.99) in the NWAC in 2011, holding opponents to a .187 batting average. In his three years at Everett the Trojans were 85-34. Many of Goetz’s pitchers garnered all-league honors and signed professional contracts. Goetz also served as the strength coach at St. Andrews and Everett CC.
Goetz’s previous summer stops should suit him well in his new role with the Emeralds. Goetz was the pitching coach in 2007-08 for the San Francisco Seals, a semi-pro team based in Santa Rosa, Calif. From 2009-2010 he assisted the Everett-based Laces Baseball Academy 19U team, taking over head coaching duties in 2011. In 2012 he joined the Everett Merchants, again directing the pitching staff. The Merchants were the top-ranked staff in 2012 under Goetz’s leadership.
Goetz prepped at Newport High School in Bellevue, Wash. where he was a member of the 2001 state championship team. He was drafted in the 35th round by the Florida Marlins in 2002, but opted to accept a scholarship at Washington State University. He transferred to Bellevue College in 2003, and was drafted again in 2004 by the Cincinnati Reds in the 8th round. Baseball America ranked him as the third-best left-handed reliever in the Reds minor league organization following his rookie season in 2004 at Class A Billings, Mont.
Goetz earned his Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Central Washington University, and his Master’s degree in Coaching Education from Ohio University in 2013.
The North Sound Emeralds were established in 2013, one year prior to the start of the NWCBL. They played an independent schedule against 19U and Pacific International League opponents that summer. In 2014 the team was invited to the Grand Forks International Tournament (GFI) for the first time; they also competed in the Kelowna Blast Tournament.
Last summer under the leadership of University of Northern Colorado assistant Kainoa Correa, the Emeralds increased the number of games on the schedule, enjoyed more on-field success, and advanced to the elimination round at the GFI.
Correa will remain involved in the NWCBL as a member of the league's advisory board.
"Scott and I are very appreciative of Kai's commitment and passion for the Emeralds and the league overall. He did a tremendous job as the coach last summer and really helped us take a big step forward in many different areas of the program," Stark said.
Goetz has already hit the ground running, signing five players to contracts for this summer’s squad. He has received verbal commitments from 10 others.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to join the Emeralds,” Goetz said. “My coaching philosophies and that of the Emeralds are very closely aligned, which made it more appealing. I look forward to continuing to build the program.”
Nine of Goetz’s former players have played professional baseball under his tutelage. Right-hander Keone Kela of the Texas Rangers is his first player to make it the major leagues. He was a 12th-round pick in 2012 from Everett CC.
"We are really excited about this summer for the Emeralds. We have another year under our belts, have a better idea of how we want to put the schedule together, and have another great coach that fits with our philosophy," said league Vice President and Emeralds owner Scott Kelly.
The Emeralds have scheduled games with four West Coast League teams to date and will compete at the Grand Forks International Tournament again in 2016.
ABOUT THE NORTHWEST COLLEGIATE LEAGUE
The Northwest Collegiate Baseball League is a developmental wood-bat summer league located in the Puget Sound 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.