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Head Coach

Adam Roberts

360.416.7780

Adam.Roberts@skagit.edu

In 2012, SVC hired Adam Roberts as their head baseball coach.  This would be Roberts' first collegiate head coaching job after three years as an assistant at University of Hawaii, Edmonds Community College and SVC.  In addition to head coaching duties, Roberts is also the field coordinator for the Dream Field Baseball and Soccer complex on the SVC campus and the SVC Sports Auction Supervisor.  As the auction supervisor, Roberts has helped double the amount of money raised in both years, raising more than $30,000 in 2012 and $60,000 in 2013 for the SVC Athletic Department.

Under Roberts the Cardinals have made the Northern Division both of his two years.  The 2014 season started off slow for the Cardinals.  Despite starting seven of nine freshman most of the year and losing their top five pitchers to injury, SVC finished with a late season rally which saw SVC win 3 of 4 vs Everett to leap frog them into the final playoff birth.  During the Northern Division Playoffs the Cards opened up with a loss to eventual NWAC champ Edmonds 5-3 and a 12 inning, 7-6 loss vs Douglas to end the season.  Four players earned All-League honors including Peter Bovenkamp, Colton Kelly, Nathan Heath, and Yusuke Akitoshi.  Seven Cardinals moved on to four year schools including Yusuke Akitoshi - Cal. St. Northridge; Ryan Humphrey - Lewis and Clark St.; Shane Servoss - Lewis and Clark St.; Jens Jensen - Lewis and Clark St.; Jay Leverett - W. Oregon U.; Max Lind - Condordia U. (OR); Austin VonHerbulis - College of St. Rose (NY).    

In his first year as head coach, Roberts inherited a team and coaching staff days before the start of the 2012-13 school year. The Cardinals improved by eight wins, finishing 23-20 and capturing the #4 seed and making it back to the Northern Division Playoffs.  In the opening round of the playoffs SVC knocked off eventual NWAC champ Everett Trojans, 6-5, in a dramatic extra innings game before falling to Edmonds and Bellevue to end the 2013 season.  Three players earned All-League honors including Tanner Olsen, Steven Leverett, and Yusuke Akitoshi.  Five players transferred to four year schools including Tanner Olsen - U. of C. Florida; Peter Irving - Lewis and Clark St; Jacob Meyer - W. Oregon U; Jay Stout - AIB; and Steven Leverett - AIB.

A native of Mount Vernon and a prep product of Mount Vernon High School, Roberts took over the storied Skagit Sox 19U Baseball Club while coaching at Mount Vernon High School from 2010-2012.  As manager of the Sox (2011-current) Roberts has led the team, made up of local talent, to multiple tournament championships and helped move multiple players onto college baseball.   

In 2009 Roberts became a father to his first son Reece and moved his family to Mount Vernon where he became the hitting coach at at SVC under head coach Kevin Matthews, helping them to a NWAC North championship and finished with a record of 32-10.  That team saw seven All-Region position players. That summer he also was the third base coach for the Bellingham Bells of the West Coast League, under head coach Brandon Newell, then Milwaukee Brewers area scout.

In 2008, after marrying his wife Heather, coached hitting and catchers at Edmonds CC helping them to an NWAC championship, his third.  The team finished 38-9, including five All-Region selections, three All-NWAC selections including the Northern Region MVP, outfielder Nick Meehan, and the NWAC tournament MVP, Dan Ninomia.  In 2014, Roberts was inducted into the Edmonds CC baseball Hall of Fame as a member of the coaching staff under head coach Brad Ditter.

In 2007, stayed at his Alma Mater University of Hawaii as the volunteer assistant coach, working with outfielders and hitters under head coach Mike Trapasso.  The team finished 34-25 and saw four players sign professional contracts including infielders Justin Frash and Kris Sanchez.

A member of the University Hawaii Warriors from 2005-06.  Starting primarily at 1B for the 2005 season, in 2006 split time with Luis Avila before being sidelined with a back injury, used primarily as a pitch hitter, going 7 for 11 in that role.  The 2006 team finished 45-17, second in the WAC and made NCAA Regional in Corvalis, OR before losing to eventual NCAA champ Oregon State Beavers in the championship game.  Later that year would earn a BS in Psychology from UH.

For the 2002-04 season Roberts was a standout 1B and 3B at Edmonds CC, helping then to back-to-back NWAC championships in 2002 and 2003 under head coach Donnie Marbut.  After a red-shirt during the 2003 season, he played 2004 season for head coach Tighe Dickenson, helping the Tritons to a 36-7 record and a North Region title.  In 2004 was an All-N. Region and All-NWAC third baseman, eigth in the entire NWAC in hitting (.388), led team in doubles (11), second in HR's (4), third in SB's (9), and earning a scholarship to the University of Hawaii.

Education

  • 2001: Mount Vernon High School
  • 2004: Edmonds CC - Associate Arts Degree
  • 2006: University of Hawaii - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Coaching:

  • 2007: University of Hawaii - Assistant
  • 2008: Edmonds CC - Assistant
  • 2009: Skagit Valley CC - Assistant
  • 2009: Bellingham Bells - Assistant
  • 2010-2012: Mt. Vernon HS - Coach
  • 2012-Current: Skagit Sox Baseball Club - Manager
  • 2012-Current: Skagit Valley College - Head Coach

Personal:
Lives in Mount Vernon. Married to Heather Roberts. Son, Reese (5).

Pitching Coach

Casey Mitchell
360.416.7780
C6mitchell@gmail.com

Casey Mitchell is entering his second year as the pitching coach with the Skagit Valley College baseball program. Outside of his pitching duties, Casey also handles a large part of the recruiting process. Coach Mitchell will be entering his 4th full year of coaching with experience at the Division II and Junior College level.

Before joining the coaching staff at Skagit Valley in 2013, Coach Mitchell spent two years at St. Martin’s University, under head coach Ken Garland. While there, he spent his first year with the St. Martin’s program as an undergraduate assistant working alongside Joe Dominiak, the team’s pitching coach. Following the 2012 season, Coach Mitchell was hired as the Saint's full time pitching coach by Garland. In his first full season in charge of the pitching staff, Mitchell lowered the team era by almost a full point in the 2013 season. While at SMU, Casey coached 1st Team All-GNAC pitcher Tommy Deboer (LHP) in 2012, honorable mention Brendon Jeffers (RHP) in 2013, as well as NCBWA All-West Region Freshman of the Year Chandler Tracy (Catcher) in 2012. Tracy also went on to receive 2nd Team All-GNAC in 2013.

As a player, Casey pitched his freshman year at Spokane Falls CC in the NWAC, before transferring to St. Martin’s University to finish out his college career. While at SMU, Casey was an integral part of the Saint’s pitching staff and finished his career with numerous GNAC records for his performance. He finished T-14th in career wins, 13th in appearances (54), T-4th in shutouts, 16th in innings pitched (201.2), and 7th in fewest walks per 9 innings (1.70). Casey also finished inside the top 50 across the country for fewest walks per nine innings twice (‘09/’11) at the Division II level, and helped the 2011 SMU team set the school record in wins.

“Coach Garland gave me an opportunity that I will never forget, not only for bringing me into the program as a player but allowing me to begin my dream of coaching college baseball. I enjoyed every minute I spent with Coach Garland, he is an unbelievable motivator.”

Outside of direct school affiliations, Mitchell worked as a tournament director for GSL Tournaments, which offers tournaments for 10u through 18u summer teams in the Greater Seattle area (2012-2013). Casey has also coached with the well respected NW Elite program for 3 years. NW Elite is a travel program that takes advanced 13-18 year old players to various locations across the country; such as Baltimore, Myrtle Beach, North Carolina, Minnesota, and Las Vegas. This past summer, he coached in the inaugural year of the Northwest Collegiate Baseball League as the head coach for the Pilchuck Pioneers and is in line to return for a second season in 2015. Mitchell also coached in the Puget Sound Collegiate league in 2011, taking the Lacey Saints to a deep playoff run.

Coach Mitchell was born and raised in Olympia, Washington and Son to Jerry and Tracy Mitchell.

Education

  • 2007: Graduate of Capital High School, Olympia, WA
  • 2007-08: Spokane Falls CC
  • 2008-Current: Saint Martin's University

Coaching:

  • 2011-2013: Saint Martin's University Assistant
  • 2012: Puget Sound Colliegate League Assistant
  • 2012-Present: NW Elite Baseball Head Coach and Assistant
  • 2013-Present:  Skagit Valley College
  • 2014-Present: NWCBL Head Coach

Collegiate Career:

 

          2010:  NCAA D2 GNAC 2nd Team All-League

          2011:  NCAA D2 GNAC 2nd Team All-League

 

Personal:  Coach Mitchell was born and raised in Olympia, WA by his parents Jerry and Tracy Mitchell and currently lives in Mount Vernon, WA.

Assistant Coach

Dusty Hess

785-410-2838
dustyhess12@gmail.com

Dusty Hess is entering his first year with the Skagit Valley College baseball program as an assistant coach. Hess will work primarily with the hitters and infielders as well as coaching third base. Hess will also oversee the Cardinal’s strength and conditioning program. He is entering his 8th year of coaching overall with experience at the Division 1, Division II and High School levels. This will be his first stint at a two-year school.

Prior to being hired at Skagit Valley College Hess spent the last three seasons at Northeastern State University (OK) where he was hired by head coach Travis Janssen as the team’s hitting and outfield coach as well the strength coach. In the previous season before Hess and Janssen’s arrival, the NSU baseball program finished with an overall record of 6-36 and went 10 years without a conference playoff berth. In just three years after taking over as a staff (first year NCAA independent), the Riverhawk’s compiled an overall record of 79-75, made two conference playoff appearances, one trip to the conference final four, and had the first consensus All-American in school history (Cody Robinson). While there, Hess coached three players that signed professional contracts (Trevor Walch, Trent Wilkins, Cody Robinson), numerous MIAA all-conference selections, 3 Gold Glove Winners (Chad Davidson, Kyle Singleton, Cody Robinson) and one MIAA freshmen of the year winner (Ryan Helsley).

In 2014 the Riverhawks finished 20-20 in conference play which landed them the #8 seed in the MIAA conference tournament playoffs against #1 seed Central Missouri. The hawk’s would go on to sweep Central Missouri on the road in two games advancing them to the program’s first ever MIAA final four appearance. Senior outfielder Cody Robinson finished the year hitting .349 with 18 homeruns, 19 doubles, 47 RBI’s, and 134 total bases earning him consensus All-America honors.

In 2013 Northeastern State finished 25-20 in conference play earning them a #6 seed in the program’s first ever MIAA conference tournament berth. During that 2013 season Hess helped guide an offense that ranked first in the country (Division II) in homeruns (69), homeruns per game (1.35) and fourth in the country in SLUG% (.511). Junior Kyle Singleton finished the season first in the country in homeruns per game (.34) with 16 total which tied fellow teammate Cody Robinson who also belted 16 homeruns. The Riverhawks also finished in the top 30 in hit-by-pitches, doubles, scoring, and runs scored.

In 2012, Hess’s first year at NSU, the team finished 25-24 as an NCAA independent during a transition year which marked a 19 win improvement from the previous season.

“I can’t thank coach Janssen enough for the opportunity he gave me at NSU. He’s a great baseball coach, father, mentor and friend. Coach Janssen truly believes in doing everything the right way and I’m lucky to have worked with him the last 3 years.”

Before that, Hess spent one season as an undergraduate assistant at Kansas State University under head coach Brad Hill and hitting coach’s Andy Sawyers and John Szefc. During his one season at KSU he helped coach a team that finished 36-25 and played in the Cal State Fullerton Regional, the wildcat’s third straight post-season appearance. Following that season, K-State had 5 players selected in the MLB draft including: Jason King (4th), Evan Marshall (4th), James Allen (7th), Nick Martini (7th), and Kyle Hunter (31st).

Hess’s coaching career began when he was hired as an assistant at Manhattan High School by his father and legendary head coach Don Hess. During his time as the head coach at Manhattan High, Don Hess has racked up over 300 victories making him one of the most successful coaches in the history of Kansas high school baseball.

“I’m very lucky to have come from such a great baseball family. I can’t thank my father enough for teaching me how to act as a baseball coach and the importance of being a good person. He’s as classy as they come in every aspect.”

Hess also spent two summers coaching on collegiate summer teams.

He spent the 2013 summer as the head coach of the Derby Twins in the Jayhawk League in Kansas.

In the summer of 2012 he was an assistant coach for the Edenton Steamers of the Coastal Plains League and helped guide them on their way to being first and second half champs with an overall ranking of #15 in the nation by Perfect Game.

Hess received his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Kansas State University and completed his Master’s Degree in Health & Kinesiology at Northeastern State. He is the son of Don and Linnea Hess and has an older brother Ben and a younger brother Garrett.

Education: 

2011: Kansas State University - Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology
2013: Northeastern State University - Master of Science, Health & Kinesiology

Coaching:

2008-2010: Manhattan High School - Assistant
2010-2011: Kansas State University - Undergraduate Assistant
2011-2014: Northeastern State University - Assistant
2014-Current: Skagit Valley College - Assistant

Personal:

Coach Hess was born and raised in Manhattan, KS and currently lives in Mount Vernon, WA.

 

Assistant Coach

Grady Sodergren

360.416.7780
grady.sodergren@gmail.com

Education

  • 2006: Graduate of Bellingham High School, Bellingham, WA

Coaching:

  • 2007-2013:  Bellingham High School
  • 2007-2013:  Bellingham Post 7 Legion
  • 2013-Present:  Skagit Valley College
  • 2013-Present: Skagit Sox

Personal:  Coach Sodergren was born and raised in Bellingham, WA and currently lives in Bellingham, WA.

Catching Coach

Bryce VanderArk

360.416.7780

Bryce Vander Ark is entering his first year as an assistant coach at Skagit Valley College. He will primarily work with the team’s catchers. A Chicago native, coach Vander Ark moved to Skagit Valley in 1996 joining Burlington-Edison High School and the Skagit Sox summer organization.

He continued his playing career after high school at Edmonds Community College where he started behind the plate for two years. While at Edmonds he caught several talented pitchers that propelled them into the national rankings as one of the top junior colleges in the country. Bryce credits his coaches at Edmonds for turning him into a very good defensive catcher, a position which he took great pride in playing. He quickly developed a reputation around the league for his defense by throwing out base runners, blocking anything he could get to, and calling a good game. At the plate he hit over .300 during both of his seasons at Edmonds and rarely struck out making him a reliable bat in the offense.

Today, Bryce still carries a strong love for the game of baseball and is very excited to get back into coaching. He lives in Bay View with his family, wife Melea Vander Ark, and their three daughters, Jori Ann(8), Kylee(6), and Alena(3). Bryce has a full time job as the Vice President/Part Owner of a Paraclete Management (2001-present) Transportation Brokerage located here in Mount Vernon. They specialize in liquid bulk shipping, LTL(less than truck load), and full truck load transportation in 48 U.S. states and Canada. They also have offices in Mount Vernon MO, Tampa FL, and Houston TX.

Coach Vander Ark is very excited about this new opportunity and looks forward to making a positive impact on the young men here at Skagit Valley College.

Education

  • 1999: Graduate of Burlington-Edison High School, Olympia, WA
  • 2000-2001: Edmonds Community College

Coaching

  • 2014-Current:  Skagit Valley College

Personal:  Coach VanderArk was born and raised in Burlington, WA and currently lives in Mount Vernon, WA with his wife and three daughters.