With sights set on 2021, the Cowlitz Black Bears are pleased to announce Gary Van Tol as their new Head Baseball Coach. Van Tol brings with him an incredible wealth of knowledge from both the professional and Division-1 baseball ranks, as he mentors and guides Cowlitz County’s hometown Black Bears.

“We are thrilled to have Gary join our organization and to bring in a coach with the level of baseball knowledge and proven success that he has demonstrated both as a minor league Manager and as a Division 1 Head Coach. Gary is the ideal fit for Black Bears and the community. Coach Van Tol will recruit, organize, and compete in the WCL as we look to build and improve upon past success,” said Gus Farah, General Manager of the Black Bears. “We have followed and admired Gary’s work for years. His ability to mold young men through his disciplined approach and mentorship is something the Cowlitz community will really embrace.”

Here is a rundown of coach Van Tol’s past coaching experience:

2017-2020 Head Coach-Boise State University
2008-2017 Minor League Coach/Manager Chicago Cubs — Short Season `A’ Northwest League (Boise Hawks/Eugene Emeralds)
2005-2008 Assistant Coach — Gonzaga University
2002-2005 Assistant Coach — University of Portland
1996-2001 Head Baseball Coach — Treasure Valley Community College
1995-1996 Associate Head Baseball Coach — Treasure Valley Community College
1994-1995 Head Baseball Coach — Centralia College
1991-1993 Assistant Baseball Coach — Gonzaga University

Check out Rich Coleman’s interview with Gus Farah and Gary Van Tol on Real Country KBAM below:

The West Coast League is the West’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Encompassing Oregon, Washington, and Canada, the WCL showcases pro prospects from major conferences around the nation. Every summer, the league features unparalleled fan and player experiences, with the best summer weather in North America. Last year’s MLB amateur draft began with former Corvallis Knight Adley Rutschman selected with the overall No. 1 pick by the Baltimore Orioles. Also, in 2019, 317 WCL alums appeared or were active in affiliated professional baseball, including 45 in the major leagues. In 2019, overall member attendance in the West Coast League increased to nearly half a million.