Back home again, for a second time, as college coach, former Mount Si baseball head man Cribby hired by UW, his college alma mater

We have an update to our item yesterday concerning former Mount Si High School baseball head coach Elliott Cribby and his potential move from Purdue University’s baseball coaching staff back here to western Washington to work with the University of Washington’s baseball program.

Washington officially announced Cribby’s hire today. Head coach Lindsay Meggs, in a statement, announced the UW grad will be the Huskies’ pitching coach, but also hold down the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator duties, which essentially makes him Meggs’ top assistant and likely first in line to take over as head coach should Meggs depart the program at any point in the future.

In a statement released by the school, Meggs was extremely pleased to make the announcement. “It gives me great pleasure to officially welcome Elliott and his wife, Shannon, to the University of Washington, and back to the Husky Baseball family,” Meggs said. “As a pitching coach and a recruiting coordinator, Elliott’s success at both Seattle University and Purdue University clearly speaks for itself, and as a former Husky standout, Elliott appreciates the privilege associated with attending the University of Washington as well as the hard worked involved in competing for Pac-12 Championships,” Meggs said.

He continued, “With that in mind I can’t think of a better fit than Coach Cribby to help us continue on the road to Omaha. With a proven history of developing pitchers into MLB prospects and a Master’s Degree in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership, Elliott Cribby is the perfect role model to help our players continue to build on our DaWgStrong culture. This is a great day for our program, a great day for our alums, and a great day for Husky Nation.”

Cribby’s also thrilled to be back home in Seattle. “Today is a special day for me and my family,” he said. “Purple and Gold runs deep within us and the opportunity to come home and be a part of a nationally respected program and institution is an opportunity of a lifetime,” Cribby said in the same statement. “I’d like to thank Coach Meggs and the entire athletic administration for this incredible honor,” he continued, adding, “The University of Washington and its Athletic Department is a world-class community and we will continue to make it a destination for the very best. I can’t wait to get started on the road that leads back to Omaha.”

The news of Cribby’s move back to Seattle was first reported on Twitter late Tuesday night by D1Baseball.com’s Kendall Rogers. Cribby had served as the Purdue pitching coach this season after spending the past five years in that same role with Seattle University. The move was likely partly the result of his boss this spring with the Boilermakers, Mark Wasikowski, being hired earlier in the day Tuesday by the University of Oregon as its head coach.

As for Purdue, Rogers reported this morning, also on Twitter, that one of Cribby’s fellow assistants on staff this spring with the Big 10 program, Greg Goff, was promoted by the school to the head coaching position.

For those who missed the item yesterday, Cribby was Mount Si’s head coach in 2011 and 2012, leading the Wildcats to the only baseball state title they’ve had in school history. Several of the top players from that team moved on into high-level college and professional opportunities, with one, pitcher Trevor Lane, continuing on as a minor-leaguer in the New York Yankees organization. He left following the 2012 season and spent one season as an assistant with Abilene Christian University before coming back to be an assistant with SU.

We offer our congrats to Cribby on this hire, and wish him and the program luck moving forward.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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