The Gonzaga Bulldogs baseball program promoted pitching coach Brandon Harmon to the role of Associate Head Coach for the upcoming season, which was announced via press release on Monday.
Harmon has been Gonzaga’s pitching coach for the past seven seasons, and he takes over the role which was vacant in April after the tragic passing of 19-year assistant coach Danny Evans.
Harmon’s track record of developing Gonzaga’s pitchers is extraordinary. Under his tutelage, the staff obliterated the program record for strikeouts in a season with 598, and their mark of 10.6 K’s per nine was eighth in the nation, alongside their 4.32 ERA – good for 35th.
Harmon was serving as the de facto No. 2 behind head coach Mark Machtolf last year, a season in which the Zags earned their highest ever program ranking (10) while going 37-19 and winning the WCC.
Harmon has seen seven pitchers selected in the MLB draft during his time as pitching coach, and three of them (Brandon Bailey, Wyatt Mills, and Eli Morgan) have pitched in the big leagues.
The Zags also promoted longtime volunteer assistant coach Sean Winston into a full-time role. Winston has been with the Zags since 2015. He coached third base during he 2022 season and helped work with the hitters and infielders – specifically working on infield positioning.
The Zags were top-20 in the nation in fielding percentage each of the last two seasons, a testament to the work Winston put into his role.
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