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Head Coach Brooke Knight

Brooke Knight

Head Coach

Throws: R | Bats: R

Experience: 14th Season

Hometown: Corvallis, OR

Alma Mater: Oregon State University

The most successful head coach in West Coast League history, Brooke has skippered the Knights to eight WCL championships in his 13-year tenure at the helm. He captured his first title as a rookie head coach in 2008, and added subsequent crowns in 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021.

He also directed the Knights to seven consecutive West/South Division regular-season titles from 2008-14, and to South Division regular-season first-half titles in 2016, 2017 and 2021 and second-half titles in 2017, 2018 and 2021. The Knights have advanced to the WCL Championship Series 12 times in his 13-year tenure, and have qualified for the playoffs every season.

Brooke earned WCL Coast League Coach of the Year honors in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2019 and 2021. His 13-year record is 574-243. The Knights won the WCL’s Jim Dietz Sportsmanship Award in 2008, and shared it with Wenatchee in 2016.

Brooke played college baseball at Linfield, Oregon State and at Western Oregon, and for the Knights during the summers of 1991, 1992 and 1994.

No relation to the Knight family, Brooke played professionally in the Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations. Brooke also played football at Linfield and OSU and played and coached baseball professionally in Australia.

Brooke coached the Perth Heat to back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012 in the Australian Baseball League. After a season off, he returned to coach the Adelaide Bite in 2013-14 and in 2014-15. The Bite won the 2015 regular-season title before losing to Perth in the championship finals. He returned to coach the Heat for the 2019-20 season, and was an assistant coach for Boral Team Australia in 2020 during the KBO Challenge.

He also assisted legendary Corvallis Richey’s Market American Legion coach Dick McClain for six seasons, and scouted in the San Diego area for the Montreal Expos (2001) and the Florida Marlins (2002-2003).

Brooke is a native of Corvallis and a graduate of Crescent Valley High School and Western Oregon. The CEO of Knight Financial Home Loans, he lives in Corvallis where his son, University of Portland and former Corvallis Knights catcher and West Coast League MVP Briley Knight, was a baseball and football standout at Crescent Valley.

A legend in the West Coast League for his coaching success with the Wenatchee AppleSox, veteran Ed Knaggs returns to the Knights in 2022 on a full-time basis as the Associate Head Coach.

It will be his fourth season with the Knights. He joined the team for the 2018 and 2019 seasons, and coached on a part-time basis in 2021.

Knaggs was the head coach of the WCL’s Wenatchee AppleSox from 2001-14 and posted a winning record every season. He led Wenatchee to five WCL championships (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012) and two runner-up finishes (2008, 2013).

Corvallis and Wenatchee met in the Championship Series in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013. Corvallis won in 2008 and 2013, Wenatchee in 2009 and 2012.

Knaggs also won five division championships and earned WCL Coach of the Year honors four times at Wenatchee before retiring after the 2014 season. He coached 771 total games and was 300-172 (.636) in WCL regular-season contests. Wenatchee also won the 2003 Pacific International League title; that circuit was the precursor to the current WCL, which was formed in 2005.

More than 75 AppleSox earned first or second-team all-WCL honors during Knaggs’ tenure. Three earned the WCL’s Most Valuable Player award. At the time of his retirement, eight AppleSox had reached the major leagues.

Knaggs played at College of the Canyons under former USC and UC Irvine coach Mike Gillespie, and at UC Irvine under Steve Hertz. He was an assistant coach at Gonzaga under Hertz for seven years before moving to Wenatchee to become the head coach at Wenatchee High School from 1991-2011.

He also assisted with the Chatham A’s of the Cape Cod League for one season.

Ed works for BSN Sports and lives in Los Angeles, California.

A veteran of 10 seasons with the Lotte Giants in South Korea’s equivalent of Major League Baseball, Yoon started with the Knights in 2016. He is presently the pitching coach at Bushnell University in Eugene.

He has worked in the United States since 2009, mentored by former Riverside Community College head coach Dennis Rogers, a longtime supporter of the Knights and the Southern California half of the pipeline that has sent RCC standouts Tommy Hanson, Chris Stewart, Richie Jimenez, Austin Sodders and others to the Knights over the years.

Yoon is a native of Busan, South Korea. His hybrid training philosophy merges the traditional American power-pitching approach with the detail-oriented, precision style prevalent in Southeast Asia.

He coached at RCC, Cal State-Bakersfield and Linn-Benton Community College before joining Bushnell’s startup program in 2021.

“Youngjin fulfills another pillar for our club, and his unwavering enthusiasm and ability to create trust amongst our player group is unmatched,” Corvallis head coach Brooke Knight said. “Yoony brings a unique and special dynamic.”

He specializes in strength conditioning, mental awareness, cognitive preparation, dietary habits and skill-set development. “Master Yoon,” as he’s endearingly known to Knights players and fans, is an energetic and uplifting presence at the ballpark and has been the team’s first base coach since 2017.

Yoon and his wife have two daughters.

Beau Kerns returns to the Knights for his second season as pitching coach after helping guide the club to the 2021 West Coast League Championship.

Kearns compiled an outstanding 2021 staff that led the WCL in strikeouts (530), saves (20) and opponent’s batting average (.211). Corvallis was second in opponent’s slugging percentage (.305) and home runs allowed (21), and fourth in WHIP (1.36) and ERA (3.96).

A native of Lewiston, Idaho, Kearns played at Wenatchee Valley College and Lewis-Clark State. He was the MVP of the 2015 NAIA World Series, won by the Warriors, and then played in the independent Frontier League in 2015-16 before retiring from pro baseball.

“Beau is a gritty and savvy pitching coach who relates extraordinarily well to our players,” Corvallis head coach Brooke Knight said. “He believes in the balance between new-school strategies and old-school moxie, and our players respond.”

Kearns played for Knights associate head coach Ed Knaggs at Wenatchee in 2012-13, and at Yakima Valley in 2014. He was the pitching coach at Yakima Valley in 2017-19, and was the pitching coach at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg in 2020-21.

Kearns is currently a math teacher and head baseball coach at Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley, Wash.

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