With the news of associate head coach Marty Lees departing the Oregon State baseball team, he leaves a huge void for the program.
A rundown of what he has done for the Beavers by the numbers is in this story in the GT today.
However, his intangibles were huge. Coach Pat Casey trusted Lees and gave him more and more work to do each year.
Being the recruiting coordinator is a major responsibility, as is coaching infielders and catchers. Behind the scenes there was a ton done by Lees.
Casey unofficially named him his coach-in-waiting a while back. Lees knew that, and was ready. So that’s how important Less was to Casey.
However, it’s not the end for the Beavers. The next two recruiting classes are already taking shape. And Casey was out on the recruiting trail last week.
Other assistants Pat Bailey and Nate Leskie have earned Casey’s trust to start taking on Lees’ role. And I’m it won’t be hard to find a quality replacement with all that the Beavers have going on.
Someone at twitter.com/cliffgt suggested former assistant coach Dan Spencer, who left OSU to be the top coach at Texas Tech. His run there just ended.
Spencer left on good terms with Casey, and was a standout coach. If Spencer wants to come back I wouldn’t be surprised to see it happen.
The thing with Casey is he wants to leave the program to someone someday who he trusts and to keep it moving forward. He has put his heart and soul into OSU baseball. So this will be a crucial hire for him.