Donegal Fergus, a former assistant at Seattle University, returns to the Emerald City as the new hitting coach at Washington, Husky head coach Lindsay Meggs announced today.
"I can’t tell you how excited I am to welcome Donegal Fergus to our coaching staff," Coach Meggs said. "Donegal has a proven track record for recruiting the state of Washington as well as the entire Northwest, and he will make an immediate impact on our hitters.
"All that being said, it is his people skills that set him apart," Meggs continued. "Donegal loves to teach, and he loves his players. And I have no doubt that our players are going to respond to him in a way that gives us that edge. Coach Fergus is going to be great for our players, and great for our program."
Fergus spent the 2013 season as the head coach at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash. He led the Red Devils to a 34-14 record and a trip to the West Region playoffs.
Before taking over at Lower Columbia, where he'd also served as an assistant coach from 2001-05, Fergus had spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Seattle University, where he oversaw the hitting. For the five years before that, he was head coach at Tacoma CC. At Tacoma, he posted a career record of 125-100 while reaching the playoffs in all five seasons. His 2006 team finished third at the NWAACC tournament.
In 2011, his first season at SeattleU, he helped the Redhawks make tremendous strides in offensive production, increasing run scoring, home runs, doubles, walks on-base percentage and slugging.
During his time as an assistant at Lower Columbia, he helped the team to four division titles, three second-place finishes in the NWAACC and an NWAACC championship. He earned a reputation as a strong recruiter during that time, highlighted by one class (2005) that included seven players who ended up being selected in the MLB Draft.
Fergus played baseball at Linfield College in Oregon, earning a bachelor's degree in political science in 2000. He also earned a master's degree in homeland security from the American Military University in 2007. A native of Powers, Ore., Fergus and his wife, Kim, have three children, Seamus, Finnegan and Maclean.