Coach Mark Yoshino enters his eighteenth year as Head Coach and twenty-third 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 NWAC 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 90-95% of their sophomores, which is a major success for athletic programs at the community college level. Yoshino has coached 35 players who were drafted by professional teams. He has had twenty-four pitchers drafted since his inception in ’94 with fourteen signing professionally in the last eight years including Adrian Sampson, who was the highest junior college pitcher selected in the country in 2012. Sampson was recently traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Seattle Mariners organization and has skyrocketed to AAA in only three years. Yoshino has also had two in the Major Leagues. Blaine Hardy, a left-handed relief pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, was a member of the 2007 NWAC champion team, Yoshino’s first. Hardy’s big save in the semi-final game vs. Skagit Valley helped propel Bellevue to the title. 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.
His first year not only was successful by his own terms, but also was one of the best seasons ever in school history. Yoshino earned North Region Coach of the Year honors for assembling a region championship club. In addition to the team setting a school record for wins, Yoshino felt that the program’s greatest accomplishments that year were individual, as ten of twelve second-year players earned a degree. In addition, nine of those were recruited by and placed into four-year college baseball programs. The ’02 season will also go down in Bellevue history as one of the greatest teams for their 34-14 record and runner-up finish at the NWAC Championships. Bellevue finished with the number one ranking in the NWAC Coaches’ Poll in ’02 as Yoshino was named Coach of the Year.
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 NWAC Championship in over 28 years was just icing on the cake.
In 2009, the team captured their second NWAC 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 NWAC 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 the NWAC.
Yoshino spent one season as pitching coach at Edmonds CC, where his staff sported the lowest team ERA (2.40) in the NWAACC. He is a regular clinician-speaker at several events in the region including the Pemco All-Sports Clinic and the Pacific Northwest (NW Star) Coaches’ Convention.
Yoshino earned his master’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University in exercise science/athletic administration. He graduated with honors and a 3.9 G.P.A. In 1993, he obtained his bachelor’s degree in exercise & sport science from Western Washington University. He was selected by the faculty at Western as the Outstanding Graduating Senior and Physical Education Major of the Year for graduating with a 4.0 G.P.A. Yoshino also served an internship at the Philadelphia Phillies spring training site in Clearwater, FL. Yoshino earned the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist title, which is recognized by university athletic and professional sport organizations as the credential to work with elite athletes at either level. His academic credentials in the athletic performance field coupled with playing experience provide Bellevue players a reputable and trustworthy coaching foundation for incoming recruits.
Yoshino’s academic and professional credentials in the health & fitness field have given him the opportunity to also work at the college as a full-time tenured faculty member in physical education and health. He is also the Associate Athletic Director, Men’s Athletic Commissioner and former chair of the NWAC Executive Board. He is a recipient of the Dutch Triebwasser Award, given annually to the conference’s top administrator. Although mostly known for his hard work on the baseball diamond, Yoshino is just as proud of his efforts ‘in the classroom’ – as a student and as an instructor. To Yoshino, these accolades are the true reflection of his efforts at serving as a positive role model for the players at Bellevue. His promotion of sportsmanship while still demonstrating success in a competitive college athletic environment has been recognized by his peers. His commitment towards enhancing the image of Pacific Northwest baseball is also evidenced by his active role on the Baseball Committee and NWAC representative for the Pacific Association Division (all California, Oregon, and Washington 2-year colleges) of the American Baseball Coaches’ Association. Yoshino and his wife Lisa have two children Quinn (8) and Molly (6) and reside in Renton.
Bryan Barnes begins his fourth year at Bellevue in 2016 as a coach. Barnes was recently promoted and will direct the Bulldog offense from the third base box. 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. In the summers, Barnes coaches the Baden Baseball Club U-16 club.
Barnes was an All-North Region, All-NWAACC, and Pacific Association All-American infielder during his one year at Bellevue. He hit .383 for the Bulldogs, leading them to one of the most amazing comebacks from 4th place finishers in the region to NWAACC Champions. Originally a verbal commit to Oregon State University after being sought out by a number of Pac-10 schools as a junior in high school, Barnes transferred to Bellevue from Gonzaga University where a season long back injury prevented his stay there. Coming back to the two-year level proved to be good fortune for Barnes, as he signed with Ohio University during the early November signing period before even playing an inning for Bellevue.
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.
Coach David Olson begins his first year with the Bulldogs as an assistant coach after moving on from the Volunteer Assistant Coach position at Campbell University in North Carolina, an NCAA Division 1 school in the Big South Conference. Olson will direct Bellevue’s recruiting efforts, coach first base, work with first basemen and outfielders and assist with hitters. Olson will also assist with the upkeep of Courter Field; one of the finest natural surfaces left in the region. Olson has prior experience in turf management from his days at Campbell. At Campbell, David was in charge of coaching outfield and assisting with hitting instruction. The team earned a conference tournament berth hoisting a 32-25 season record. The team hit at a .297 average, slugging percentage of .406, and a .364 on base percentage. David also coached Campbell’s center fielder, Cedric Mullins, (2015 13th round draft pick by the Baltimore Orioles) and left fielder, Cole Hallum, (NCAA All-American).
Prior to Campbell, David coached at the University of the Cumberlands as a Graduate Assistant while working on a Masters of Arts in Teaching. He worked with corner infielders, hitters, and coached base running for the team. Additionally, David was in charge of west coast recruiting which involved recruiting the states of Washington, Oregon, and California. Being a native of the Pacific Northwest, David spent much time recruiting the NWAC. In 2014 the team went on to a 31-23 record reaching a Mid-South Conference tournament berth.
Olson began his playing career at Auburn High School, graduating in 2008. He was a four-year letterman and led his team to the state playoffs all four years. As a sophomore, he was an All-South Puget Sound League (SPSL) third baseman and earned honorable mention as a pitcher. He batted .471 with 33 RBI and had a 3.38 ERA as a pitcher. As a Junior David was an All-SPSL first baseman and honorable mention pitcher, batting .400 with a 1.81 ERA on the mound. As a senior, Olson collected All-SPSL First Team, Seattle Times Star Times, and Tacoma News Tribune All-Area, and All-State honors. He was also rated the 175th best player in the country coming out of high school by PGCrosschecker.com.
His collegiate career started at Washington State University where he redshirted the 2009 season due to an arm injury. He then transferred to Tacoma Community College. While at Tacoma, Olson was named to the Western Region All Star Team and was named First Team Utility NWAACC as a sophomore and helped Tacoma reach the NWAACC Western Region finals. During his sophomore season with the Titans in 2011, he topped the squad with five saves and recorded a 1.86 ERA. At the plate, he appeared in all 40 games, knocked in a team high 34 RBI’s (12th overall in NWAACC), batted .318 with 41 hits including seven doubles and four home runs. Olson’s big numbers as a hitter were also reflected by his .465 slugging percentage and a .431 on-base percentage.
Continuing his playing career at Campbell University, David helped his team to two consecutive seasons of 40+ wins, including a 49 win season in 2013. Additionally, he collected Second Team All-Big South and College Sports Madness All-Big South First Team both years, 2012 and 2013. In 2013 he was one of twelve nationwide finalists for the NCAA Division 1 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award. He also earned Capital One Second Team Academic All-American and All-District by CoSIDA, College Sports Information Directors of America. He was named NCCSIA First Team All-State, as he tied a school record with 59 games played and ranks third in Campbell’s career hit by pitch list with 40. Olson gathered 19 multi-hit and 11 multi-RBI games and reached base in 17 consecutive games. He posted a career .349 batting average with 81 RBI’s, 86 runs, 143 hits, 30 doubles, 8 home runs, a triple and 4 stolen bases in 113 games. He also gathered a career 2.13 ERA and was ranked fifth in the Big South in batting, second in on base percentage, sixth in runs scored and first in times hit by pitch.
David graduated from Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, and is planning to complete his Masters of Arts in Teaching degree this fall.