Feb. 8, 2010
The Washington baseball team is less than two weeks from getting the 2010 season underway. The Dawgs will have a new look, thanks to a new head coach and a new coaching staff.
Greg Moore comes to the UW from the University of San Francisco. He'll serve as the pitching coach under first-year head man Lindsay Meggs. Moore, coincidentally enough, visited Husky Ballpark just last season, when USF came to Seattle and swept a three-game series from the Dawgs.
Next week, he'll put on the Purple and Gold for the first time, in an official game anyway. This morning, he sat down with GoHuskies.com to talk about how he came to join the UW staff and his thoughts on his new position thus far. Here's what he had to say:
GoHuskies.com: How well did you know Coach Meggs before you came to work for him here at the UW?
Moore: A lot of it was the people we knew mutually, I didn't know Coach Meggs before this summer. I coached against a couple people that I think he knows well and we got in touch because of those relationships.
GoHuskies.com: What was it that attracted you to the job?
Moore: The challenge, the chance to work with some great people - Coach Nakama, Coach Meggs - and a chance to be at an academic institution, which I didn't know how academic this place was and the reputation it has. Just the chance to help them and to help these players build something. I saw the potential in it when we came up last year and I enjoyed seeing these guys work. So really just the challenge to help build something.
GoHuskies.com: When you came to Seattle last season as a coach with USF, what were your impressions of the city, the ballpark, the university, that might have had something to do with you coming here?
Moore: A beautiful city, a beautiful university, and a group of players that I saw great potential in them. I remember getting back here and seeing some of the guys who we played against and saying, `hey I remember you from last year'. I remember leaving the park saying `Caleb Brown, that is a talented player. Julien Pollard, put some good swings on the ball and Forrest Snow, what an arm.' Different little things that really stuck out. I don't think I left all of our series with such a good memory of a team. This team really stuck out to me and that's what attracted me at the chance to come back up.
GoHuskies.com: Besides not knowing how academic reputation was here, were there other things that surprised you pleasantly about Seattle or UW?
Moore: Definitely, well the city itself has surprised me, but I think anybody that has been here knows why. Things about the school that have surprised me: just how well run the athletic department is mostly, and the way that it moves efficiently in terms of things like getting tickets for our recruits and the support that we get from the administration to make sure that we have everything we need. All the people who work hard to make sure that the players have everything they need in terms of nutrition and academic support. All of things have been terrific and I think these guys are becoming more and more grateful for what they have.
GoHuskies.com: What is your philosophy as a pitching coach?
Moore: Steady attack wins. That's something that we talk about a lot. I think steadiness is the most important trait a pitcher can have. If you can give up that double and stay on your plan, if you can throw five scoreless and still stay on your plan. It's about looking up at the scoreboard and not getting off of your approach. I think that's where we have a chance as a pitching staff to wear down innings, wear down hitters, and eventually wear down games and put our team in the best position to win.