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YVCC Names Ken Wilson Baseball Coach

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YAKIMA, ash. - Yakima Valley Community College has announced that Ken Wilson has been selected as the new Head Baseball Coach for the Yaks.  Wilson will formally begin duties on July 1, 2009.

Wilson has an impressive intercollegiate coaching history beginning at Centralia College for eight (8) seasons from 1979-1986.  During that time he led the Trailblazers to an overall record of 203-96-3 and eight (8) consecutive NWAACC baseball tournament appearances.  In 1984 and 1985, Centralia had runner-up tournament finishes.  He also guided Centralia to Western Division championships in 1985 and 1986.  After his successful stint at Centralia College, Wilson then took the helm at Central Washington University for five (5) seasons from 1987-1991. During that time, he led the Wildcats to a record of 80-40 vs. NAIA competition and CWU qualified for the NAIA World Series in 1988. Also, in 1988 and 1990, the Wildcats won league titles.  Wilson then embarked on 15 year career in educational administration, working for the Ellensburg and Selah school districts.  For two (2) seasons in 1999-2001, Wilson found the time to serve as assistant baseball coach at Yakima Valley Community College.

After a complete and thorough process in the selection of Wilson, the interview committee believes YVCC is fortunate to get an individual with such a track record of intercollegiate head coaching experience and success.  "We were in an enviable position as there were several high-quality candidates, but in the end Ken just stood out," states YVCC Athletic Director Ray Funk.  "Flat out, he just has a passion for recruiting and that is such as huge part of the college game-every time we checked into his background or references, that fact surfaced time and again.  Also, there was strong consensus that Ken had the ability to devote the necessary time and energy the rebuild the YVCC baseball program."

Wilson replaces Ken Mortensen, who coached the Yaks for five years and resigned at the end of this past season.  During his tenure, YVCC had an overall record of 99-121 and narrowly missed a playoff bid this year.