General Manager FPNW
Mike was drafted as a shortstop by the Minnesota Twins out of West Covina (CA) High School in 1968 where he was honored as San Gabriel Valley High School Player of the Year. He enjoyed an eight-year professional career with the Twins and Indians organizations and earned a spot on the Twins Major League Roster in 1970 and 1972. Mike has coached at the professional, college and high school levels. He established the NW Timberjacks Baseball Club in 2000. For 17 years the Tjacks were one of the premier select team programs in the Puget Sound region with over 95% of graduating players moving on to college programs. He has been coaching Northwest teams at USA Baseball and national showcase events since 2000 and started Team Northwest Baseball in 2011 to offer deserving players in the Northwest an opportunity to perform nationally before college recruiters and professional scouts. Mike brings to Fastpitch NW his extensive experience in training and preparing young athletes for the “Next Level” of competition and providing them opportunities to reach their goals, both academically and athletically.
Ken has total of 24 years in Fastpitch softball. During his 8 years as a competitive summer coach, his teams won 3 state championships at 12U, 14U, and 16U. His teams took 3rd place at the NSA 12U National Championships in 1992. In 1993 he started the Centralia High School fast pitch program and amassed 261 wins during his tenure. The Tigers played in the State title game 3 times, captured 5 district titles, and 5 league titles. In 2014, he took over as the head coach of the combined schools of PeEll/Willapa Valley where his teams have gone to the state tournament and finished 5th place in his first two years. In the spring of 2017 his Titan Fastpitch team went 25-1, winning the State Title. He is now sitting at 324 wins in his HS career. He is a private hitting instructor as well, along with leading the Titan fast pitch team. From 1980 until 1992 he officiated high school football, basketball and softball, highlighted by officiating the boys state basketball championship game in the Tacoma Dome in 1990. Before retiring from officiating, he worked 1 year as a NWAC basketball official. Ken is a member of the Washington State Coaches Association. He and his wife, Karen, have raised 3 daughters during their 41 years of marriage.
Assistant Director of FPNW
Tom, known to most as Coach T, has more than 3,300 fastpitch softball games under his belt as a player and coach. A former player with international and national tournament experience, he has been a head coach at the collegiate, high school, and amateur level. Tom a private pitching/hitting coach, as well as the pitching coach for College of Idaho and Walla Walla Community College, is also National Softball and Volleyball Editor for CBS-owned MaxPrepSports. In addition to numerous softball accolades, Tom and his wife, Cat, are retired newspaper owners and journalists. When they published the Cannon Beach Gazette, it was honored by the National Newspaper Association numerous times as America’s Best Small Newspaper. Tom and Cat have five children (all with college degrees and four with advanced degrees) and 11 grandchildren.