Pat Waer Named Cougar Baseball Assistant Coach
June 15, 2012
A native of Fresno, Calif., Waer (pronounced "where") spent six seasons, including the last-five, as an assistant coach at Fresno State. During his tenure, the Bulldogs won the 2008 national title and played in five NCAA Regionals while averaging 39 wins per season.
"We are very fortunate to hire a fine person and coach in Pat Waer," Marbut said. "We lost a great recruiting coordinator in Spencer Allen and I thank him for the tremendous job he did with us. We were able to replace him with Pat, who has a track record that speaks for itself. I couldn't be happier than to have someone join our staff who knows what it's like to wear Cougar colors."
Waer's recruiting classes at Fresno State included 17 drafted high school players, 32 All-Western Athletic Conference First Team selections, five WAC Most Valuable Players, two WAC Pitchers of the Year, eight All-Americans, three Freshman All-Americans, one Golden Spikes Award semifinalist, and 37 overall draft selections. The 2009, 2010 and 2011 recruiting classes received national rankings by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America at 10th, 28th and 19th respectively.
Prior to Fresno State, Waer was a prep head coach from 1998-2005 where he won 120 games. He was a volunteer coach with the Bulldogs in 2006 before serving as the catching and hitting instructor at Fresno City College in 2007. He returned to Fresno State in 2008 and remained there prior to coming to Pullman.
As a student-athlete, Waer attended Clovis West High School in Fresno before transferring to Mead High School in Spokane. He played two seasons at Bakersfield College before transferring Chico State for his junior season.
As a senior, Waer played at Washington State on Bobo Brayton's last Cougar team (1994). He batted .303 in 37 games with the Crimson and Gray, collecting two home runs and 21 RBI.
"This is a special opportunity for me to come back to Pullman," Waer said. "I am looking forward to working for coach Marbut and making a contribution to a place that means a lot to me."
Waer earned his bachelor's degree at Washington State in 1995, a master's degree from National University in 2000, and California teaching credential in social sciences. He replaces Allen, who spent the last-three seasons with the Cougars.
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