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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

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

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 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

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.