In all hopes and dreams and rumors of former Oregon State baseball coach Pat Casey returning to the team next season as head coach can now come to a rest. Casey has elected NOT to return to Oregon State as head coach, as told today by Oregon State Athletic Director Scott Barnes.
Dear Beaver Nation,
Pat Casey has elected not to return to the baseball dugout and coach the Oregon State Beavers. It’s certainly a decision carefully considered by Pat, and one that we respect and will honor, even while disappointed. While Pat may not be our coach going forward, he will continue to serve as a key ambassador for Oregon State University as Senior Associate Athletic Director.
When Pat announced that he would be stepping down as head coach last September, I wanted to give him time to think about his decision and leave open a path where he could return as head coach. Over those nine months, I had numerous conversations with Pat to gauge his interest in returning to the leadership role.
My hope was that he would return as head coach after taking a break to refresh. Unfortunately, we know now that will not be the case.
Moving forward, we will conduct a national search and consider both the very best candidates in the nation. We already have tremendous interest from individuals who aspire to lead this storied program, including from interim head Coach Pat Bailey.
I compliment the job that Coach Bailey has done this year under difficult circumstances. The roster has been depleted with injuries from the very start of the season after losing three MLB First Round Draft picks from last year’s national championship club. Coach Bailey and his coaching staff have done a remarkable job.
As well, we can all be so very proud of what Pat Casey, his coaching staff, and student-athletes, who have represented Oregon State baseball, have achieved over the past two decades. They have made Corvallis a desired national destination for the best in college baseball. I can assure you that will continue to be the case.
I am excited for the high caliber coaching prospects who will seek to follow arguably the best college baseball coach in the history of the sport. But I assure you this is a program that will reload – not rebuild – as among the nation’s very best.
In closing, it’s been another exciting year for Oregon State Athletics. And we are very appreciative that you continue to support our programs, coaches, staff and most importantly the amazing young men and women who represent this great university. Each day, I am honored to serve as your Vice President and Director of Athletics.
Rewind the clock to this time last season, and the Oregon State Beavers were deep into postseason play with an eventual National Championship on the horizon under Casey, who will go down not just as one of the greats in Oregon State baseball history, but in the collegiate game. Casey lead the Beavers to three national championships (2006, 2007, 2018) as well as multiple 40+ win seasons. After hoisting the NCAA trophy high into the Omaha air last season, Casey decided to step down as head coach but remained on staff in an advisory role.
Fast forward to now, with the Beavers' 2019 season coming to an abrupt end at the NCAA Regional tournament, the rumors started flowing in: Would Casey return to his rightful place as head coach of the Beavers?
Today, that question has been answered.
Barnes said on a conference call with reporterts that Casey will be a consultant in the national search for a new coach and hopes to have one selected in the next couple of weeks.
Oregon State joins the University of Oregon and USC looking to fill a vacancy for their head baseball coach.