Longtime Oregon State pitching coach Nate Yeskie is leaving Corvallis and heading to Tucson.
The Beavers pitching coach since 2009, Yeskie was passed over for the head coach position with the Beavers upon the retirement of Pat Casey following the 2018 season and the single interim coaching year with Pat Bailey in 2019. Yeskie was a candidate for both the interim and full-time head coach positions but did not get an offer.
Mitch Canham, who played for the Beavers on their back-to-back national championship teams in ’06 and ’07, was hired as the program’s new head coach. Yeskie will not be staying on with Canham’s staff, but instead will coach an in-conference rival.
Kendall Rogers of D1Baseball.com had the initial report of Yeskie’s departure from Corvallis:
COACHING SCOOP: In a move certain to create buzz on the West Coast, @ArizonaBaseball has hired @BeaverBaseball’s Nate Yeskie as its Associate Head Coach/Pitching Coach, sources tell @d1baseball. Yeskie spent the last 11 years w/ the #Beavs and gives UofA a shot in the arm. #Pac12
— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) July 22, 2019
Yeskie’s wife, Brittney, a volunteer assistant volleyball coach at Oregon State, posted a goodbye letter to OSU on twitter.
— Brittney Yeskie (@BrittneyYeskie) July 23, 2019
Possible candidates to fill the Beavers pitching coach role are thought to include former standout Kevin Gunderson, as well as Bailey and former assistant coach Andy Jenkins, per Rogers reporting.