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  Tim Mooney
Tim Mooney
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Tim Mooney, who won nearly 70 percent of his games and a national title before taking over Washington State’s baseball program last August, enters his first Cougar season this spring with the same optimism he has displayed for the past 14 years.

Mooney knows jumping from NAIA powerhouse Albertson College in Caldwell, Idaho, to the Pacific-10 Conference and WSU won’t make his coaching life any easier, but he firmly believes the Cougar program will return to the kind of respect and prominence it enjoyed for decades.

Mooney resurrected the Albertson College program in 1987 when the school decided to bring back baseball after several seasons without a program. In the next 14 years he achieved a success level far exceeding anyone’s hopes or expectations. Included was the 1998 NAIA National Baseball title, finishing the year with a 29-1 conference record and a 55-8 overall mark.

In his 14 seasons at the school Mooney’s baseball teams won 68.9 percent of their games and established themselves as one of the elite NAIA teams nationally, competing in the national tournament three straight times, 1998, 1999 and 2000.

“I am extremely excited to have a person of Tim Mooney’s caliber and character leading our baseball program,” WSU Athletic Director Jim Sterk said. “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.”

Mooney, who replaced six-year Cougar coach Steve Farrington, is just the fifth WSU baseball coach since 1927, a span of 75 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 upon his appointment. “It makes me feel special. I want to build on top of the tradition and successes Buck Bailey and Bobo Brayton accomplished.”

“Because this is such a super special opportunity I was willing to move my family after being a part of the Albertson community for 19 years,” offered Mooney.

The new Cougar head coach received his bachelor’s degree in 1980 from the University of Idaho and also received his master’s degree in sports science from Idaho. Mooney was a member of the Vandal’s last baseball team. With the exception of one year teaching and coaching at Jerome (Idaho) High in 1981, Mooney was affiliated with Albertson College, originally known as the College of Idaho, since his graduation 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.

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 were in post-season playoffs each of his 14 years, plus the aforementioned three straight NAIA Championship appearances. His overall record was 527-237-3.

The 1998 NAIA coach of the year has also garnered numerous teaching awards during his tenure at Albertson College and was a tenured professor in the physical education department. He served as president of the Albertson Faculty Association and twice 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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