Donnie Marbut

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Donnie Marbut
Sport(s) Baseball
Current position
Title Head Coach
Team Washington State University
Conference Pac-12
Biographical details
Born (1974-02-18) February 18, 1974 (age 40)
Aberdeen, Washington
Alma mater Portland State University, 1997
Edmonds CC, 1995
Playing career
Edmonds Community College
Portland State Vikings
Position(s) Infielder
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Olympia Capital HS (WA) (asst.)
Bellevue CC (asst.)
Edmonds CC
Washington State (asst.)
Washington State
Head coaching record
Overall 285–277 (.507)
Tournaments NCAA: 4–4

Donnie Marbut (born February 18, 1974) is an American college baseball coach, currently the head coach at Washington State University in Pullman. He took over that position 10 years ago following the 2004 season.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Aberdeen, Washington, Harbut was a three-sport athlete at Aberdeen High School, playing baseball, basketball, and football. He earned all-league honors three times each in baseball and football and once in basketball. After graduation in 1992, he attended Edmonds Community College, where he played baseball. At Edmonds, Marbut was a two-time All-Conference infielder, and was named most valuable player of his team in 1995. After earning an associate's degree, he transferred to Portland State University, where he continued his baseball career as an outstanding hitter.[2][3]

Coaching career[edit]

Marbut began his coaching career as an assistant at Capital High School in Olympia, Washington, where he helped guide the team to the state 3A championship. He then became an assistant at Bellevue Community College, which captured a conference championship in 1999. Following that season, Marbut returned to Edmonds Community College as head coach for four seasons. He earned conference coach of the year honors twice and division coach of the year three times. His record at Edmonds was 152–38 (.800), including a league record 43 wins in 2003.[2] A number of items in his resume at Bellevue and Edmonds were questioned by the Seattle Times during an investigation, leading to a reprimand from WSU.[4][5][3]

Prior to the 2004 season, Marbut became an assistant at Washington State under fourth-year head coach Tim Mooney,[6] where his work with infielders led to a then-school record .971671 fielding percentage and the first winning record for the Cougars since 1998. Following just one season as an assistant, Marbut became head coach at WSU after Mooney's resignation in late May 2004.[1][7][8] At the time, he was the youngest head coach in the Pacific-10 Conference, at 30 years old.[3] With Marbut as head coach, Washington State has posted five winning seasons, produced 23 major league draft picks, and dramatically improved a disastrous Academic Progress Rate score.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Washington State Cougars (Pac-10/Pac-12) (2005–present)
2005 Washington State 21-37 1-23 9th
2006 Washington State 36-23 10-14 8th
2007 Washington State 28-26 10-14 t-6th
2008 Washington State 30-26 8-16 9th
2009 Washington State 32-25 19-8 2nd NCAA Regional
2010 Washington State 37-22 15-12 3rd NCAA Regional
2011 Washington State 26-28 10-17 9th
2012 Washington State 28-28 12-18 t-8th
2013 Washington State 23-32 9-21 10th
2014 Washington State 24-29 14-16 7th
Washington State: 285-277 108-159
Total: 285-277

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Grippi, Vince (June 1, 2004). "Aide named to replace Mooney at WSU". Spokesman-Review. p. B1. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Donnie Marbut Profile". Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Anderson, Rick (May 20, 2012). "Bobcat grad sets the bar high". Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  4. ^ Lynn Thompson and Mike Carter (March 28, 2006). "WSU baseball coach padded credentials". Seattle Times. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  5. ^ Mike Carter (April 5, 2006). "WSU rebukes baseball coach for résumé lies". Seattle Times. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ Fox, Tom (March 18, 2004). "Winning attitude". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. p. 1B. 
  7. ^ "Calls for Pac-10 coach's firing". Los Angeles Times. August 27, 2003. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  8. ^ "College Coaching Carousel". January 10, 2005. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  9. ^ "2010 Washington State Cougars Baseball Media Guide". Washington State Sports Information. Archived from the original on 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "2012 Pacific-12 Conference Baseball Media Guide". Pacific-12 Conference. Archived from the original on 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "2012 Pacific-12 Conference Baseball Standings". Archived from the original on 16 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "2013 Pacific-12 Conference Baseball Standings". Jeremy Mills. Archived from the original on June 3, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 

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