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Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Tim Mooney Named Cougar Baseball Coach
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Release: 08/09/2000
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Aug. 9, 2000

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    PULLMAN, Wash. - Tim Mooney, who won nearly 70 percent of his games and a national title while head baseball coach for 14 years at Albertson College in Calwell, Idaho, has been named Washington State University's new coach, athletic director Jim Sterk announced Wednesday.

    "I am extremely excited to have a person of Tim Mooney's caliber and character leading our baseball program," Sterk said. "This search was a lengthy process. There were a number of candidates who were interviewed personally and we did a number of reference checks on many of the applicants. In the end we think Tim's ability to build a program, his knowledge of the Northwest and its recruiting base, and his excitement for leading the program will take Cougar baseball in the right direction and make the program competitive in the Pac-10.

    "I want to thank the search committee and the chair, Marcia Saneholtz, for their efforts to bring forth some very qualified candidates," Sterk added.

    Mooney, who replaces six-year Cougar coach Steve Farrington, is just the fourth WSU baseball coach since 1927, a span of 71 years. His predecessors include "Bobo" Brayton, 1962-94, and "Buck" Bailey, 1927-61, whose names grace the home diamond for WSU, Bailey-Brayton Field.

    "To be offered the position at Washington State is a dream come true," Mooney said Wednesday. "It makes me feel special. I want to build on top of the tradition and successes Buck Bailey and Bobo Brayton accomplished."

    "I have a good job at Albertson College, but because this is such a super special opportunity I am willing to move my family after being a part of the community for 19 years," added the new WSU coach. "When I go to work at Albertson it is like being at home. I have worked with my best friends as well as my colleagues. I got the same feeling during my two interviews at Washington State. I got the impression people don't just work here, they are all on the same page and really want to make things happen."

    "I want Washington State to be my next home, my next family," offered Mooney.

    The new Cougar head coach is a 1980 graduate of the University of Idaho and was a member of the school's last baseball team. With the exception of one year teaching and coaching at Jerome (Idaho) High in 1981, Mooney has been affiliated with Albertson College, originally known as the College of Idaho. He also earned a master's degree in sports science from Idaho.

    This (WSU) is not only a job, but a program I have respected since I was a player at Idaho," Mooney said. "I knew then it was a family at WSU, not just a place to play ball and go to school. When the opportunity to actually become a part of that family was there, I jumped to apply."

    Mooney joined the physical education staff at Albertson College in 1982 as a teacher and five years later was named head baseball coach when the sport was reinstated at the collegiate level in 1987.

    While dominating the Cascade Conference with a 149-25 record over the league's eight years, Mooney built an enviable program that produced 527 wins and the 1998 NAIA World Series championship. The Coyotes have been in post-season playoffs each of his 14 years and for the last three seasons have participated in the NAIA championships. His overall record is 527-237-3 (68.9%).

    The 1998 NAIA coach of the year has also garnered numerous teaching awards during his tenure at Albertson College and is a tenured professor in the physical education department. He currently is serving as president of the Albertson Faculty Association and twice has served as chair of the physical education department, 1984-90 and 1992.

    Tim and Hollie Mooney have two children, Bryn (14) and Brady (7).

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    THE TIM MOONEY FILE

    BORN:
    Aug. 30, 1957, Sacramento, Calif.

    HOMETOWN:
    Weiser, Idaho

    HIGH SCHOOL:
    Weiser High, 1976

    COLLEGE:
    UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO, 1980 - Graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor of science degree in physical education...in 1981 earned a master's degree in sports science...played baseball for four years and was a member of the school's last diamond squad in the spring of 1980.

    COACHING EXPERIENCE:
    JEROME (IDAHO) HIGH, 1981 - Taught and coached for one year

    ALBERTSON COLLEGE, 1982-2000 - First joined the school's physical education staff as a teacher...school was called College of Idaho when he first joined the staff...in 1987 the college reinstated baseball as a collegiate coach and named Mooney the head coach...garnered numerous teaching awards during his tenure at Albertson College...in 1998 named a tenured professor in the physical education department...was serving as president of the Albertson Faculty Association when left for Washington State...twice served as chair of the physical education department, 1984-90 and 1992...accomplishments as AC's baseball coach include:

  • Guided the Coyotes to a 29-1 record in 1998 and the NAIA national championship
  • Named NAIA national coach of the year in 1998
  • Albertson College made NAIA World Series appearances in 1998, 1998 and 2000
  • Record in 14 seasons at Albertson College 527-237-3 (68.9%) overall and 200-32 (86.2%) in conference play
  • Guided Coyotes to 14 winning seasons, 14 post-season appearances and 10 conference titles in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000
  • Named conference coach of the year eight times
  • Coached 15 NAIA All-America players and had 18 Coyotes sign professional baseball contracts

    TRI-CITY POSSE, 1996 - Served as an assistant coach to Bobo Brayton, the former WSU head coach...team played in the Western Baseball League.

    WSU APPOINTMENT:
    August, 2000

    WSU RESPONSIBILITIES:
    Head baseball coach.

    SPOUSE:
    Hollie

    CHILDREN:
    Bryn (14) and Brady (7)

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