Baseball Coaching Staff
Coach Mark Yoshino enters his fifteenth year as Head Coach and twentieth 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 160 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%. He has also helped spearhead greater
community involvement to numerous 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 75% 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 this past June. Yoshino has had two in the Major Leagues in 2010 MLB All-Star Evan Meek (Pittsburgh Pirates) and Los Angeles Dodger reliever Blake Hawksworth.
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).
In 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
as he captained the Saints to a Crest Division title. 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
Jesse Wight begins his third 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 coaches the Baden U-18 Baseball Club in the summer. Wight is single and resides in Renton.
Bryan Barnes begins his first year at Bellevue in 2012 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. He will also assist Yoshino in the recruiting efforts, which he has already begun this past summer before even meeting the current season's team.
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.
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