Gabe Boruff enters his fourth season as the Washington State baseball volunteer coach. He serves as the catching coach for the Cougars and assists with the WSU pitching staff. In Boruff's three seasons, the Cougars have thrown out 38 percent of runners trying to steal.
A native of Ephrata, Wash., Boruff lettered two years in football and three years in baseball at Ephrata High School. He was an all-league catcher during his junior (1997) and senior (1998) seasons was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 35th round of the 1998 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He attended Lewis-Clark State and was part of the Warriors' NAIA national championship teams in 1999 and 2000.
A Wenatchee Valley College assistant coach for the three seasons (2005-07), Boruff served as the head coach for the Babe Ruth Columbia Basin River Dogs (2004-05) and the West Coast Collegiate League Moses Lake Pirates (2006-07). He led the River Dogs to a third-place finish at the 2005 Babe Ruth World Series and was named WCCBL Coach of the Year in 2007 after guiding the Pirates to a league title. In 2010, he skippered the St. Cloud (Minn.) River Bats of the Northwoods League.\
Boruff and his wife Erika are the parents of baby Blake.