|Position:||Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator|
|Alma Mater:||Washington State, '95|
Pat Waer came to Washington State University as an assistant coach the recruiting coordinator for the Cougars. His impact on the WSU catchers and hitters was immediate.
In the 2013 MLB Draft, junior outfielder Jason Monda was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth round, redshirt junior infielder Adam Nelubowich was selected in the 18th round by the Houston Astros, and redshirt sophomore Trace Tam Sing was selected in the 26th round by the Kansas City Royals.
The Cougars batted .293, their best mark since 2008. The average ranked third in the Pac-12 and 48th nationally at the end of the regular season.
Six of Washington State’s eight returning hitters recorded their career high in batting average. In addition, four of those student-athletes notched a career high home runs, four a career-best slugging percentage, four a career-high on-base percentage and three a career-best RBI total.
Nine first-year student-athletes combined to bat .281 for Washington State with 30 doubles, five triples, five home runs and 74 RBI.
Waer mentored junior catcher Collin Slaybaugh who threw out 39 percent of runners trying to steal and earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks at WSU, Waer spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Fresno State. He helped guide the Bulldogs to five NCAA Regionals, including their first national championship in 2008. That team is a 2014 inductee of the Fresno State Baseball Hall of Fame. The Bulldogs won the Western Athletic Conference title in each of his six seasons and averaged 39 wins per season with a record of 233-148. The Bulldogs also managed a team GPA over 3.0 in each of the last six semesters, as Waer oversaw the team’s academic study program.
Included in Waer’s last-seven recruiting classes are 16 drafted high school student athletes, 32 first-team All-WAC selections, five WAC Most Valuable Players, two WAC Pitchers of the Year, eight All-Americans, three Freshman All-Americans, one Golden Spikes Award semifinalist, and 33 Major League Baseball Draft selections. His 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 recruiting classes at Fresno State were ranked nationally by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America at 10th, 28th, 19th, and 20th, respectively. Coach Waer has coached eight players who have gone on to play at the Major League level.
Waer was the head coach at Central High School and Dinuba High School in California. He accomplished a record of 120-80-1 during that time, and reached the California Interscholastic Federation semifinals three times. In 2004, Coach Waer was named the Tri-River Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
Waer attended Clovis West High School in Fresno, Calif., and Mead High School in Spokane, Wash. While at Mead, he was a Greater Spokane League All-Star selection and played in the Spokane High School All-Star Game. Waer played collegiately at Bakersfield College, Chico State, and Washington State. He was a catcher, third baseman, and outfielder for College Baseball Hall of Fame Coach Bobo Brayton as a Cougar in 1994. He finished his four-year collegiate career with a .302 batting average, 15 home runs and 126 RBI.
Waer earned a bachelor’s degree in history from WSU in 1995 and a master’s degree in education from National University in 2000, as well as a California teaching credential in the social sciences. He was a full-time high school teacher of advanced placement United States history and social science from 1996-2008. Waer and his wife, Natalie, have two sons, Jack and Alex.