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Head Baseball Coach, Oregon State University

Pat Casey

Pat Casey
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Now the winngest coach in Oregon State history, Pat Casey guided the Beavers to their fourth consecutive postseason trip in 2012, setting a school record.

Casey won his 614th career game on May 25, 2012, surpassing Jack Riley as the winningest coach in school history.

The Beavers eventually swept Oregon and Casey holds 618 victories entering the 2013 season.

Casey's club finished the 2012 season with 40 wins as he and OSU won seven Pac-12 series, going 9-5 against Pac-12 foes who advanced to the postseason.

The Beavers have won 40 games five times in school history, all occurring under Casey.

Casey guided the Beavers to 41 wins during the season in 2011, reaching the 30-win plateau for the 11th time in his 17 seasons in Corvallis.

In doing so, Casey guided the Beavers to their third regional host nomination since 2005, and Oregon State advanced to the postseason for the sixth time in the past seven seasons, the best stretch in the history of the program.

He was named the 2011 Pacific-10 Conference Coach of the Year for the third time, previously reaching the accomplishment in 2005 and 2006.

Casey has guided Oregon State to two national championships and two Pac-10 titles. He has won an outstanding 35 games in the postseason, which accounts for better than 85 percent of the program's all-time NCAA wins.

Arguably one of the most successful active Division-I head coaches in the country, Casey has established a level of winning unrivaled in the program's history.

Prior to the start of the 2010 season, he was named as the top collegiate coach of the last decade by Baseball America in a vote by his peers. The Beavers, meanwhile, were named as the No. 2 program of the decade, trailing only Texas.

The Beavers and Casey earned the special recognition after winning back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007 and winning Pacific-10 Conference titles in 2005 and 2006.

Perhaps an even more special honor was bestowed upon Casey just prior. He and his wife, Susan, were recipients of the Nell and John Wooden Coaching Achievement Award. The honor goes to a head coach and his spouse for their dedication to success on the field and in making an impact on the lives of their players.

Truly, Pat Casey has been the right person to lead Oregon State baseball over the last decade and a half.

In the past eight seasons alone, Casey has guided the Beavers to 355 victories, which is second in the Pac-12. During that same stretch, Casey's clubs have won 115 conference games, which is second-most among division clubs.

In that eight-year stretch, eight players have earned All-America honors while 21 players have been recognized as all-league performers. That includes two league Most Valuable Player awards and two Defensive Player of the Year selections.

The Beavers reached the postseason for the fifth time in six seasons in 2010, advancing to the Gainesville Regional.

The Beavers bowed out in three games, but just days after, the Beavers had eight players selected in the MLB Draft, seven of whom would eventually sign their first professional contracts.

Casey and the Beavers advanced to the championship game of the Fort Worth Regional in 2009. Oregon State finished the 2009 campaign with a 37-19 record and 15-12 mark in Pac-10 play, tying the club for third.

On May 19, 2009, Casey became just the third head coach in school history to record 500 victories with the Beavers when OSU defeated Oregon.

In 2008, Casey and the Beavers went 28-24 and missed out on the postseason. But the Beavers played perhaps their most ambitious schedule in school history and took series from five schools that earned either No. 1 or No. 2 seeds in NCAA Regionals. Oregon State posted a 5-5 record against College World Series teams, taking 2-of-3 in separate series against Arizona State and Georgia.

In 2008, Casey made marks on the program, literally. He spearheaded a fundrasing campaign to expand Goss Stadium, adding nearly 1,000 permanent seats, a stadium suite, new player's lounge, academic room and Hall of Fame room. The additions transformed Goss Stadium from one of the best in the West into one of the nation's finest collegiate stadiums.

In 2007, Casey, his staff and the team's players worked hard to build team chemistry, coming together at the right time for a second-straight national championship. Oregon State went an incredible 39-4 in non-conference games, including an 11-1 mark in the postseason. After losing their second game at the Charlottesville Regional, the Beavers went on a dynamic run, winning their last 10 games -- including five in Omaha -- to claim the national title.

That title thrusted Oregon State into NCAA baseball lore. The Beavers became just the fifth program to win back-to-back national titles, joining Texas (1949-50), USC (1970-74), Stanford (1987-88) and LSU (1996-97).

For his ability to mold the Beavers into the nation's finest, Casey was again recognized as a national coach of the year, this time by Collegiate Baseball and the American Baseball Coaches Association. The honors comes a year after Casey was the consensus national coach of the year in leading Oregon State to its first title.

That 2006 title was just as special, as the Beavers became the first program from the Pacific Northwest to the NCAA Division I College World Series.

The 2006 Beavers had a storybook season, capped by a run through the CWS that saw them win six elimination games in Omaha to win the national championship. After being beaten by Miami (Fla.) in its opening game, OSU won four straight - including back-to-back shutouts of top-ranked Rice - to reach the championship series. In the best-of-three finals against North Carolina, OSU lost the opening game and trailed by five runs in the second game before rallying for wins of 11-7 and 3-2 for the title.

Oregon State's 50-16 season set a school record for wins for the second straight season, and the Beavers refuse-to-lose style of play captured the hearts of not only those watching in Omaha, but college baseball fans across the nation.

After the 2006 season, Oregon State signed Casey to a new 10-year contract to guarantee his future in Corvallis.