After three years spent building the Indiana State baseball team into a winning program, Lindsay Meggs took over as Washington's head baseball coach prior to the 2010 seasons. Meggs' hiring was announced on July 27, 2009.
In 2014, Meggs led the Huskies to one of their best seasons in school history. The team finished with a record of 41-17-1, 21-9 in Pac-12 play. It was the fifth time in UW history the Huskies achieved 40 or more wins, the first time since 2003. The team reached its highest rankings in school history, checking in at fifth in the Baseball America, Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball polls during the season.
For his efforts, Meggs was named the 2014 Pac-12 Coach of the Year. After being picked 10th out of 11 teams in the Pac-12 pre-season coaches poll, Meggs guided the Huskies to a second-place finish in the Conference, their best Pac-12 finish since 2004. It was the second most league wins in school history and most since the north and south merged in 1999.
UW returned to the NCAA post-season for the first time in a decade. The Huskies narrowly missed out on receiving a regional bid and ended up 2-2 at the Oxford Regional, being eliminated by host and eventual College World Series participant Ole Miss, who beat UW twice in a pair of one-run games.
Associate Head Coach
Jason Kelly joined the Washington baseball staff as pitching coach in August of 2012, moving to the UW after having spent the previous six seasons developing a top-notching pitching staff at Cal Poly. He was promoted to Associate Head Coach on April 28, 2014.
In 2014, Kelly helped Washington to one of its most successful seasons ever. The Huskies (41-17, 21-9) reached their first NCAA post-season appearance in 10 years and finished second in the Pac-12 Conference race. It was the UW's best finish since 2004 and the 21 Conference wins were the second most since the north and south merged in 1999. The Huskies also acheived their highest national rankings in team history, reaching fifth in Baseball America, Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball.
The pitching staff played a huge role in Washington's 2014 success. The team ERA of 3.11 ranked third in the pitching-rich Pac-12 Conference and was the lowest by the Huskies since 1985. The Huskies also ranked second in the conference with 17 saves.
Donegal Fergus, a former assistant at Seattle University, returned to the Emerald City as the new hitting coach at Washington, Husky head coach Lindsay Meggs announced on July 23, 2013.
In his first season at Washington, he helped the Huskies' offense improved dramatically. Washington ended up ranked among the top half of Pac-12 schools in hitting (.279, 3rd), slugging percentage (.378, 4th), on base percentage (.366, 3rd), runs (324, 4th), hits (538, 3rd), runs batted in (298, 3rd), doubles (93, 4th), home runs (26, T3rd) and total bases (729, 4th).
The team's offensive improvement went a long way in helping the Huskies (41-17, 21-9) reach their first NCAA post-season appearance in 10 years and finish second in the Pac-12 Conference race. It was the UW's best finish since 2004 and the 21 Conference wins were the second most since the north and south merged in 1999. The Huskies also acheived their highest national rankings in team history, reaching fifth in Baseball America, Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball.
Tanner Swanson begins his first year as a full-time assistant coach after serving as the Huskies' volunteer assistant coach for the 2013 season.
Swanson handles the catchers and assists with hitting, base-running and bunting while also taking charge of the camps program.
He mentored and helped develop catcher Austin Rei, who earned All-Pac-12 honors in 2014, into one of the nation's top receivers behing the plate. Rei was also named to the All-Pac-12 Defensive team. Andrew Ely led the nation with 26 sacrifice hits and Braden Bishop led the Pac-12 with 21 stolen bases.
In his first full-season at Washington, he helped the Huskies' offense improve dramatically. Washington ended up ranked among the top half of Pac-12 schools in hitting (.279, 3rd), slugging percentage (.378, 4th), on base percentage (.366, 3rd), runs (324, 4th), hits (538, 3rd), runs batted in (298, 3rd), doubles (93, 4th), home runs (26, T3rd) and total bases (729, 4th).
Mike Gange enters his first year as a student manager for the Huskies.
Gange begun his collegiate playing career at Everett Community College. While at Everett CC, he was selected back to back years as a first team north region second basemen and helped the Trojans make an appearance at the NWAACC tournament in 2011.
Gange was rewarded for his time at Everett Community College, by earning an Athletic Scholarship to Western Oregon University. At Western Oregon University, Gange played second base and was named College Athlete of the Week by the Everett Herald and named to the GNAC All Conference Academic Team. He helped the Wolves capture two league titles and a regional appearance during his time at WOU.
D.J. Lidyard begins his first year at Washington as a sttudent manager.
Lidyard comes to UW after four years of junior college coaching experience. He spent two years at Lower Columbia College serving as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for one of the premier junior colleges in the Northwest. One of those years was spent working under current UW Baseball assistant Donegal Fergus. Lidyard also spent two years as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Tacoma Community College.
Lidyard attended Lower Columbia College where he helped lead LCC to the NWAACC Championship in 2005. His ERA was an outstanding 0.92 while going 9-2 with 71 strikeouts in 59 innings and giving up 20 walks. After a very successful freshman year, Lidyard was voted Western Region 1st Team pitcher and was drafted in the 19th round by the Baltimore Orioles.
Director of Baseball Operations
Former Husky outfielder Taylor Johnson joined the UW baseball staff in 2012 as its director of operations. The 2014 season is his second year in the role. Johnson, who earned four letters for the Washington baseball program from 2002 to 2005, oversees the majority of administrative functions for the program, including organization of team activities and travel. He earned his bachelor's degree in sociology in 2005 and completed his master's in intercollegiate athletic leadership in 2013, also from the UW. Following a college career in which he helped lead the Huskies to three NCAA tournament appearances, Johnson was drafted by the Reds in 2005. He played for the Reds' team in the Gulf Coast League and then played for both Gateway and Chillicothe in the independent Frontier League. Johnson, who worked in sales, management and marketing before enrolling in graduate school, has coached with the Washington Athletics youth team program and at the high school level.