Oregon State University reached into its past Thursday, naming Mitch Canham its new head baseball coach, according to multiple sources and first reported by Kendall Rogers of D1 Baseball.
BREAKING: @BeaverBaseball is expected to hire former catcher and current @Mariners Double-A manager Mitch Canham as the new #GoBeavs head coach, multiple sources tell @d1baseball. Current assistants Pat Bailey and Nate Yeskie were the other interviews. #Pac12
— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) June 13, 2019
Canham replaces former coach Pat Casey and interim coach Pat Bailey, who ran the team the past season after Casey stepped away following the team's national championship run in 2018.
Canham has been the manager of the Seattle Mariners' Double-A team in the Texas League, the Arkansas Travelers, this season.
"We couldn't be happier for Mitch and his family," said the Mariners' Director of Player Development Andy McKay. "Oregon State has a made a great hire and we look forward to seeing Mitch lead the Beavers and represent the Pacific Northwest and his Alma Mater at the Division 1 level. Our loss is definitely OSU's gain.
"Thank you Mitch for being a constant reminder to all of us that excellence is always the result of focusing on, and trying to help, other people."
Canham was the catcher for OSU's national-championship teams in 2006 and 2007 and then was the 57th overall pick of the San Diego Padres in the 2007 Major League Baseball draft. He came to OSU from Lake Stevens, Wash., where he was a three-sport prep star.
Canham has never coached college baseball but was considered an up-and-coming managerial prospect in professional ball. Bailey and pitching coach Nate Yeskie were also candidates for the job.
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