Baseball Coaching Staff
Coach Mark Yoshino enters his sixteenth year as Head Coach and tweny-first year of coaching overall at Bellevue. Yoshino was fortunate to take over a team that has only had one losing season in over 30 years. In a day and age where coaching turnover is high at all levels, the consistent success of the baseball program is partly due to the coaching stability at BC. Yoshino follows a short list of baseball coaches at Bellevue, which includes Jim Harryman, Ray Washburn, Bob Albo, Jim Johnson, and his predecessor, Mike Kanzaki. During his tenure at Bellevue, Yoshino has played an active role in the growth of the program to a national scale. The team is the only NWAACC school to be ranked nationally on a regular basis ( #43 in 2012, #8 in 2011, #18 in 2007). Since his inception into Bellevue College athletics in 1994, Yoshino has helped over 170 players move on to continue playing baseball and furthering their education at four-year colleges, set a school record for most wins in a season, and increased net fundraising revenue by 50%.
Yoshino has been very involved on the community service front as well. He has been involved with helping youth baseball leagues on the
eastside from the Little League to American Legion level. His commitment
to the eastside baseball community is evident by his attendance
at youth baseball games in
addition volunteering time to numerous coaching clinics as well. Yoshino has also
helped cultivate several facility development projects for Courter
Field along with an increase in the number of student-athletes graduating
with a two-year degree while playing baseball at the college. The
team is currently graduating approximately 80% of their sophomores,
which is a major success for athletic programs at the community
college level. Yoshino
has coached 33 players who were drafted by professional teams. He has
had twenty-one pitchers drafted since his inception in '94 with eleven
signing professionally in the last eight years including Adrian Sampson, who was the highest junior college pitcher selected in the country in 2012. Yoshino has also had two in the Major Leagues. The pitching success and development of pitchers has remained a constant factor for all of the Bellevue teams. Most notable of the pitcher achievements year in and out is their increase in stock; whether it be for the professional draft or college opportunities. With his coaching experience, playing experience as a pitcher, and academic background detailing pitching mechanics, the development of the pitchers is one of the greatest accomplishments that isn't directly reflected by championships on paper.
2007 was one of the greatest as far as the team goes, but was another success for Coach Yoshino's primary goals: graduation and moving on to a four-year institution. 13 players from the team went to four-year colleges while 9 of them received their transfer degree. A final national ranking of 18th along with winning the school's first NWAACC Championship in over 28 years was just icing on the cake.
In 2009, the team captured their second NWAACC Championship in three years. The team had two junior college All-Americans, two players in the Major League draft, and fifteen players continuing on to play at the four-year level (with nine receiving scholarships to division one universities). Yoshino was named Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association for the Pacific Association Division (all community colleges in Washington, Oregon, and California).
2011 was memorable as well. In addition to capturing their third NWAACC title in the last five years, the squad was ranked #8 in the nation and had three players selected in the Major League Amateur draft.
A 1987 Interlake HS grad, Yoshino accumulated several accomplishments as a pitcher in both
high school and college. As a junior, Yoshino sported a 0.60 ERA
for the 24-1 Saints, who captured the class AAA state championship
in addition to a final ranking of 16th in the nation by U.S.A.
Today. The following year, Yoshino earned All-KingCo honors. Yoshino then
took the mound at Edmonds CC, compiling a two-year record of 12-1
for Coach Bill Stubbs. In 1989, Edmonds finished second in the NWAACC
with a 40-6 record, one of only three teams to win 40 games in the
history of NWAACC baseball. Yoshino was named recipient of the Art
Feiro Award (first and only Edmonds CC athlete to ever receive this
honor), which is presented annually to the top scholar-athlete in
2011 was a year to remember for the Bulldog hitters under Miller's tutelage. The team clubbed 55 home runs (wood bat) during the season, shattering the NWAACC record. The team also sported one of the highest team batting averages in the NWAACC as well. Equally as impressive is Bellevue's consistent high ranking in stolen bases on an annual basis; an indication of how complete Miller's development is with the offense here at Bellevue. Tyler Cox, one of his former players he developed, became one of the most feared hitters in the NWAACC and was named an All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association in 2011. In his brief tenure, the number of hitters who have developed under him into professional and/or division one level prospects looms large; players such as Cox, Ian Parmley (7th round draft pick, Northwest League All-Star), Kyle Conwell (Los Angeles Dodgers, draft pick), Colin Hering (cleanup hitter at Coastal Carolina University), Tyler Baumgartner (University of Oregon), in addition to last year's All-Americans Max Brown (Kansas State) and Jordan Richartz (University of Hawaii) are just a sampling of hitters who came into the Bellevue program relatively un-noticed in high school and left with great opportunities at a higher level.
Jesse Wight begins his fourth year on staff with the Bulldogs after a stellar baseball career that began with an NWAACC title here at Bellevue in 2007 followed by two years as an everyday starter for the University of Nevada at Las Vegas ('08-'09) and a year of professional baseball. Wight will increase his role this year working with hitters alongside Miller in addition to coaching the outfielders and baserunning. Wight stole 37 bases and was the North Region MVP during his sophomore year here at Bellevue. Wight will also assist Yoshino in the successful strength and conditioning program at Bellevue that has taken Bellevue's hitters to another level.
He was a two-year letter-winner at Kamiak HS and hit .530 as a senior with 39 hits, nine doubles, and 18 RBI. He was named All-WesCo 4A, and All-State outfielder. As a team captain for Kamiak, he set records for season average, singles, doubles, and hits in a season.
Wight is the Head Coach for the Baden U-18 Baseball Club in the summer. Wight is single and resides in Renton.
Bryan Barnes begins his second year at Bellevue in 2013 as a coach...the highly acclaimed shortstop out of Mountlake Terrace HS enjoyed quite a journey as player before ending his career as a two-year starter for Ohio University. Barnes will work with infielders, hitters, and baserunning along with assistants Wight and Miller. In the summers, Barnes coaches the Baden Baseball Club U-14 club.
Barnes played in both the prestigious Area Code Games and Mariner Cup in '06. He was a four-year letter-winner at Mountlake Terrace HS and was named Second-Team All-State. He held a 3.75 GPA at Terrace and continued his academic excellence at Bellevue earning all-academic honors. He earned his bachelor's degree from Ohio University in Business-marketing after his senior year in 2011. Barnes is single and resides in Mountlake Terrace.
Casey Bohlmann begins his first year on the staff at Bellevue. He will assume a large part of the recruiting duties along with Miller for this year and will also assist Yoshino as bullpen coach.
Bohlmann was a pitcher for two years at Bellevue and led the team in appearances in 2010; a team that took third overall at the NWAACC Championships. He was also a pitcher the following year on the 2011 club that won the NWAACC title and ended the year ranked #8 in the country. Bohlmann's other acccomplishment was the pursuit of a dual degree for both fire science and the Associates of Arts degree with honors. His career continued at the University of Hawaii-Hilo where he led the team in appearances (14) and went 2-1-4. He was named PacWest Pitcher of the Week during his junior year and made the Dean's List all year. He was named to the Pacific West (NCAA Division II) All-Academic Team.
After his playing days, Bohlmann returned home and was the Director of Baseball Operations for West Hills Performance Center and Vipers Baseball; a baseball training facility in Bremerton.
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