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CCS Coach Winston Regional Coach of the Year

 

Bryan Winston finished up his fourth season as the head coach for Sasquatch baseball earning 2021 Regional Coach of the Year in the Pacific Association Division for the ABCA/ATEC National and Regional Coaches of the Year. McKabe Cottrell, the lefty pitcher and baseball standout also earned the 2021 National Pitcher of the Year. 

After winning the region in 2019 and having the post season cancelled in 2020, the focus for this year was to win as many games as they could. Covid year or not, Sasquatch baseball knew a team was going to say they won the East Region; so it became their mission to own that. Despite the adversities of having competition pushed on several occasions and only allowing in-region opponents, the program ended with a 29-7 record and Winston’s 100th win as a coach.

“Coach Winston never likes to take credit for the success of his baseball program but with his leadership, he has created a culture around his team based on recruiting strong character student athletes who will be successful at CCS in the classroom and on the diamond," said CCS Athletic director Jim Fitzgerald. "He truly cares for his players and is a great mentor for them. I am so thankful he is part of our CCS family.”

Coach Winston humbly said there are many pieces that go into winning an award, and it was the players who deserve the most recognition.

"This didn’t happen overnight and this coaching staff deserves just as much credit as I do," Winston said. "Ryan Webb, Seth Heckle, Hayden Pewitt, Nick Brooks, Justin Jacobs, Levi Brennerman--all played a huge role in the coaching.”

Winston’s coaching mentality, as many coaches can relate, was holding out and hoping for some sort of normalcy.

“It was really important to us to be fluid and go with the flow," he said. "We knew we were going to play but just didn’t know when. The plans constantly changed and we kept adapting, whether it was day to day, week by week, and monthly.”  

Along with adapting as a team, these athletes came in ready to work and always found ways to get reps, no matter where it was or what time of year.

"Our guys didn’t complain because they wanted to play," Winston said. "They love playing baseball and the guys that they are with. It’s evident how much they cared about what we were doing and didn’t want the season to be done.”

Winston also describes his own former student-athlete experience at CCS and wishing it was a four-year instead of a two-year college. That’s the culture he tries to implement in his program.

CCS baseball was a sure force throughout the year in the East Region and received a notable list of honors for their student-athletes' performances this season.

McKabe Cottrell (Pitcher)
National Pitcher of the Year
1st Team All-Region & 1st Team All-American

Braeden Cordes (Third Base) 
ABCA/RAWLINGS Junior College Gold Glove

Brock Bozett (Short Stop)
1st Team All-Region & 2nd Team All-American

Jace Phelam (First Base)
1st Team All-Region & 1st Team All-American

Additionally, there are a number of student-athletes that are moving on to play at universities,
North Dakota State (1)
Washington State (2)
Columbia College (1)
Point Loma (1)

Sasquatch baseball will be returning many athletes from their squad next season, in hopes that 2022 will be a return to more normalcy and NWAC Championships. 

 

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Posted On

7/15/2021 4:42:02 PM


Posted By

Taylor Stewart


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