Washington Stat opens series, Friday at California.
Washington State hosts defending national champion.
Washington State plays Utah and BYU.
John G. Olerud's number will be retired prior to game, Saturday.
Joe Pistorese takes the mound, Friday.
Pat Waer enters his first season as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Washington State University. Waer will coach hitters, catchers, and coordinate recruiting efforts for the Cougars.
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. 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 six recruiting classes are 15 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 six 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. He and his wife, Natalie (WSU class of 1994), have two sons, Jackson and Alex.