Harrel Named Husky Baseball Assistant Coach
July 7, 2004
Seattle - Washington baseball coach Ken Knutson announced today the hiring of Donny Harrel as an assistant coach. He replaces Travis Jewett, who resigned to accept an assistant coaching position at Washington State.
'We are excited to add Donny to our staff,' Knutson said. 'He is a tremendous fit for us. His experience as a head coach and his experience last year in the Pac-10 makes him a great addition to our program.'
Harrel comes to Washington from Oregon State, where he served as a volunteer assistant coach. Last season he worked with OSU's outfielders and catchers.
Prior to his time at Oregon State, Harrel spent eight seasons as head coach at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore. He was named the Community College Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association in 1999, after Lane College won the NWAACC championship and set a school record for wins. Harrel also received NWAACC Southern Region Coach of the Year honors four times.
While at Lane, Harrel also coached the Eugene Challengers to an American Legion state championship. Additionally, he served as coach of the Bend Elks college summer team.
Before coaching at Lane, Harrel was an assistant coach at Clackamas Community College, Bakersfield College and Taft College.
Harrel, 33, earned his bachelor's degree in Sociology in 1995 from Cal State-Bakersfield, where he also played baseball. He then spent three seasons as a player in the Kansas City Royals organization. Harrel received a master's degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Phoenix in 2000.
Harrel and his wife Cam, have a son, Easton, and a daughter, Brooklyn.