The Bellingham Bells tapped into strong Pacific Northwest roots in naming Jeff James their new head coach today. James, a Seattle native played at Newport High School, Bellevue Community College and the University of Washington.
James is currently a volunteer assistant coach at Seattle University. He previously served as the Director of Baseball Operations for the Redhawks and has held coaching roles at Everett Community College and the University of Washington.
“We are thrilled to have Jeff as our head coach for the 2014 season. There were two things that were very apparent from the first time we met him. First, he is a natural teacher and has a deeply seated passion for coaching and mentoring. Second, and most importantly, he conducts himself with the absolute highest level of integrity and holds some core values which are incredibly important to us. He will be a wonderful addition to our team and the community,” said Bells General Manager Nick Caples in a press release announcing the hire.
James is the grandson of the late Don James, the legendary football coach at the University of Washington.
James takes over for Gary Hatch, who stepped down at the end of last season after 3-years as the skipper of the Bells.
(KPUG Newsroom – Doug Lange)