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Oregon State begins national search for new baseball coach; Pat Bailey a candidate

Oregon State will conduct a national search for its next baseball coach.

Pat Casey will not return to coach the Beavers. Casey stepped down last September, but the door remained open for the five-time national coach of the year to return to the dugout after a year off.

Oregon State announced Tuesday that Casey has decided not to return as head coach. He met with the program's coaching staff on Tuesday to share his decision.

Casey will continue as a senior associate athletic director at Oregon State.

Pat Bailey, who guided the Beavers to the NCAA tournament this season, is "absolutely" a candidate for the job, according to Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes.

As of Tuesday afternoon, pitching coach Nate Yeskie had not expressed interest in the head coaching position, according to Barnes.

Barnes said the process of finding the Beavers' next coach was already underway and he would like to find the next coach "in the next couple of weeks, if possible."

Casey guided the Beavers' baseball program for 24 seasons, compiling a record of 900-458-6 and winning three College World Series championships.

After winning the title in 2018, Casey stepped away from the program in September. Bailey was given the job on an interim basis to allow Casey time to decide if he wanted to return as coach.

Under Bailey, the 2019 Beavers finished 36-20-1 in what was considered a transition season because significant contributors graduated after the 2018 championship.

Tuesday's announcement means Oregon State joins Oregon and USC as Pac-12 baseball programs searching for a new coach.

Barnes said the marketplace for coaches, the significance of recruiting and of the importance of having leadership for the players in the program all contribute to the urgency of the search.

Barnes expects to have plenty of quality candidates.

"It's one of the best jobs in America," Barnes said. "We are fortunate to be in the position we are because of Pat Casey's leadership and certainly the stewardship and leadership that Pat Bailey's had this past year."

Casey will not be on the search committee but will be a consultant to Barnes during the search.

As for attributes of the next baseball coach, Barnes said he always seeks "impeccable character and integrity, a work ethic and a motor, that energy that comes with great coaches."

In addition to being an inspirational leader, Barnes listed the ability to evaluate, recruit and develop players as key. Barnes also listed West Coast ties as important for recruiting, along with the ability do build a strong coaching staff.

Barnes said he will advocate for members of the current baseball staff to be retained, but that choosing assistant coaches will be up to the new head coach.

One of the questions Barnes has for candidates is: "What's the vision to continue what's been achieved here and continue to grow and continue to have success in the program?"

In his role as an assistant to Barnes in the athletic department, Casey will continue to work as a fundrasiser, ambassador and a mentor for Oregon State's coaches.

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