Seriously, is there anything Oregon women’s basketball head coach Kelly Graves can’t do?
The six-year Oregon head coach has starred in a Wendy’s commercial, has the occasional outing on the golf course, has plowed potato fields in Idaho, is highly successful in recruiting, has led his team to the program’s first ever Final Four appearance, and now he throws out the first pitch (virtually, of course) for a Seattle Mariners game.
However, it did look a tad high…
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Both Graves and his assistant coach Jodie Berry, have spent time in the state of Washington and thus becoming Mariners fans.
Graves’ coaching career started at Big Bend CC in Moses Lake, Wash., where he accepted an assistant coaching position on the men’s team, but after the women’s coach left, he moved over to lead the women’s program instead.
Before Oregon, Graves hailed from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. His first year with the Bulldogs, the team went 5-23, including 0-14 in WCC play. But by his third year at Gonzaga, the Bulldogs went 18-12 overall and went to the WNIT the following season.
During his tenure with the Bulldogs (2000-2014), Graves brought eight West Coast Conference Coach of the Year awards and a 382-162 (.696) Division I head coaching record to Eugene in 2014, with a 427-202 record overall before joining the Ducks.
The Oregon baseball team just hired Mark Wasikowski to take over the reigns, otherwise the athletic department should have taken a look at Graves with that wicked right arm…
Just kidding, we think he doing a fine job at Matthew Knight Arena.
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