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.
Michael Naughton enters his second season at Washington State University as the Cougars' volunteer coach.
A native of Tacoma, Wash., Naughton directs the Cougar Baseball Camps, is the short game coordinator, coaches outfielders and is Washington State's first base coach. Under the tutelage of coach Naughton, Derek Jones (eighth round, Colorado Rockies) and Kyle Johnson (25th round, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) were selected in the 2012 MLB Draft.
Naughton was the head coach at Tacoma Community College from 2002-05. He was named the NWAACC Coach of the Year for the West Division in 2003. Prior to the being the Titans' head coach, he was an assistant for current Cougar Pitching Coach Gregg Swenson at TCC from 1999-2001. As the head coach of Tacoma Community College, Naughton led the Titans to a 2003 Western Division title, TCC's first divisional championship since 1983. Tacoma Community College reached the postseason each year under Naughton's leadership.
Naughton prepped at Curtis High School in University Place, Wash., where he was an all-conference selection both as a junior and senior. He was an all-state selection his senior season. Naughton was recruited to play at Gonzaga, where he was a four-year (1991-94) member of the Bulldogs' baseball team as an outfielder, and captain his senior season. Naughton earned his bachelor's degree from Gonzaga in public relations.
Naughton and his wife Jennifer (WSU class of 1994) have a daughter, Lauren.