Lees Promoted On Baseball Staff

July 28, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Marty Lees has been hired as a full-time assistant baseball coach at Oregon State, head coach Pat Casey announced Monday. Lees spent the past two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach on the Beavers' staff.

'Marty has been an instrumental part of our program for the past two seasons,' Casey said. 'He already knows our players, their abilities and what they need to do to develop. He knows our program, and he's got tremendous experience in baseball in the Pacific Northwest and on the West Coast. When the position opened, we were fortunate that we already had a high-caliber coach familiar with our program who could step in.'

Lees replaces Gary Henderson, who left OSU after five seasons to join the baseball staff at Kentucky. Lees, 32, originally joined Oregon State's coaching staff in the fall of 2001 while completing his master's degree in Education at OSU.

'I'm certainly excited about being with the Beavers on a full-time basis,' Lees said. 'Working with Coach Casey and (assistant) Coach (Dan) Spencer is going to be more than outstanding. Just being here, for me, is exciting. I'm anxious to get started recruiting and to move on to another phase of my career. The two years as a volunteer has been great; I've learned a lot from those coaches and I'm looking forward to being with them for a long time.'

While a volunteer assistant at OSU, Lees was also the athletic director and a teacher at Harrisburg High. For the past several summers, he has coached one of the state's top American Legion programs, the Eugene Challengers. In 2002, and Lees was named the Oregon AAA Legion Coach of the Year.

Lees took over as head coach at Harrisburg in 2000, taking a team that had been 4-20 the previous season and going 20-6 in his first year. He also coached the Eagle girls basketball team to a league title and into the state tournament for the first time in 16 years.

Before going to Harrisburg, Lees was head baseball coach at Oakridge High.

Lees played baseball at Western Oregon and once earned pitching wins in both games of a doubleheader against Oregon Tech. He earned his bachelor's degree in Physical Education in 1994.

Lees also attended Lane Community College, playing baseball and basketball. He graduated from Lakeview High.

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