Matt Dorey begins his second season as the Cougars volunteer assistant coach though he is no stranger to the Cougar staff. Dorey played one season alongside WSU head coach Donnie Marbut when the two were at Portland State for the 1996 season.
Dorey's coaching duties at WSU include handling first base coaching responsibilities, coaching outfielders, baserunning and assisting with the hitters in team and individual workouts. Dorey is also responsible for running all camps on the WSU campus.
Last season he helped the Cougar hitters to a .310 average, the highest by a WSU squad since the 1991 season. His presence on the defensive side was also felt as WSU registered a .969 fielding percentage, fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference.
Last summer Dorey served as manager of the Mat-Su Miners of the Alaskan Baseball League, guiding the Miners to a 20-15 mark and a third-place finish.
Dorey arrived at WSU after spending the previous two years as assistant coach at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore.
Prior to WSU, Dorey spent two seasons at Mt. Hood Community College where he served as assistant coach. During his stay the Saints earned a second-place finish in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) in 2005 after a third-place finish in 2004. There he served as the infield and base running coach, coordinated the hitting school and off-season conditioning programs and was the recruiting coordinator in charge of Washington, Idaho and Eastern Oregon.
In addition to his duties at Mt. Hood Community College, Dorey also spent his summers as the head coach for the Mt. Hood Cardinals Baseball Club, working with a competitive roster filled with local college players.
As a player Dorey played two years at Portland State, teaming with Marbut during the 1996 season. As a senior in 1996 he served as team captain, was named to the All-Pac-10 North team and earned team MVP honors. In that season he was statistically the second toughest player to strikeout in the country and did not strike out in Pac-10 North play.