CHICAGO – In 1996, Donnie Marbut and Matt Dorey were teammates on the baseball diamond at Portland State.
A decade later, Marbut was in his second year as the head coach at Washington State and hired his collegiate teammate as the Cougars’ volunteer coach. Fast forward to 2013 and meet Matt Dorey, scouting director for the Chicago Cubs.
After two years with the Cougars, Dorey took the head coaching job at Mt. Hood Community College. From there, he became a scout for the Boston Red Sox, a position he held for four years. When Theo Epstein left his general manager post in Boston for the president of baseball operations position with the Cubs, he invited Dorey to come with him as Chicago’s national cross checker. It took just two more years for Dorey to earn his latest promotion.
In his current role, the Vancouver, Wash., native helps facilitate and provide all the necessary resources to the Cubs’ scouts so they can evaluate and determine who they feel are the best players in the amateur market that have a chance to impact a future championship roster on the north side of Chicago.
“This is a great opportunity to work for an historic franchise with great ownership, a loyal and passionate fan base, and a leadership group that prioritizes scouting and player development as ‘absolutes’ in achieving and maintaining sustained success at the Major League level,” Dorey said.
Dorey added, “WSU was a great platform for me to develop. Coach Marbut, (former assistant Travis) Jewett and (current assistant Gregg) Swenson all were instrumental in developing not only their players, but staff members. They provided me on field instruction and created high expectations in organization and communication, all of which are paramount to being a successful scout.”
The short time it has taken Dorey to move up the ladder in Chicago came as no surprise to Marbut.
“Matt was the type of player we try to recruit at Washington State today,” Marbut said. “I hired him because he really understood the game. I always thought he would come back to Washington State after he had a taste of being a head coach. Unfortunately for us, he chose the scouting profession. He has all the attributes to be a good leader. He has always treated others with respect. Anything he wants to do, he can do well. We in the Cougar family are excited for him.”