PALATINE HILL -- The Lewis & Clark Pioneers have added another coach who is familiar with the Northwest Conference, as head coach Matt Kosderka has announced the hiring of Brandon Rupp as an assistant.
Rupp will be the team's new pitching coach, a role he served in at George Fox, his alma mater, from 2006-12. Rupp pitched for the Bruins for two seasons prior to joining the coaching staff.
"Brandon did a great job of developing pitchers at George Fox," said Kosderka, a Willamette alumnus and former coach who was hired in June as the Pioneers head coach. "There's a lot of talent on our pitching staff and having his skill set to come in and help those guys is going to be a big benefit for us."
Lewis & Clark returns its top three pitchers in strikeouts over the last two seasons in Nathan Klein, Robert Reaser and Andrew Yarak. Reaser was fourth in the NWC with 66 strikeouts last season.
"It is a really exciting opportunity to join the Pioneers baseball program," said Rupp. "I am thankful to work with Coach Kosderka and his staff as well as helping the growth and development of our players on the field and in the classroom."
Lewis & Clark's Building ChamPIOns program focuses on helping student-athletes excel in the classroom, competition, character and the community.
Rupp co-owns a baseball academy in the Portland area and has been both an assistant coach in the Western Major Baseball League and a camp instructor for Oregon State and Oregon.
The staff includes fourth-year assistant Nate Wilson-Traisman and another recent addition to the staff, Garet Luebbert.
"Nate has done a great job of working with our infielders," said Kosderka. "We added Garet, who was the head coach at Sandy High School, and played with me at Willamette."
Lewis & Clark's baseball program is a six-time conference champion, tied for the fourth-most of any team since 1981 in the nine-team conference. Prior to the 2016 season, alumni of the baseball program led the charge to establish the Jerry Gatto Endowment, which will directly support the travel, facility and operations needs of the baseball program at Lewis & Clark.
Of the 11 student-athletes who played in the most games last season, six position players were juniors or younger and are scheduled to be back next season.