Steve Roth, longtime assistant coach for Todd McDougall in the Olympia High School baseball program, has been named Olympia’s new head baseball coach. The hiring was finalized at Tuesday’s Olympia School Board meeting.
Roth, previously the Bears’ junior-varsity coach, has been in the Bears’ baseball program for the past 16 years after coming to Olympia in 1997 after five seasons coaching baseball and teaching at Yelm. Roth is a science teacher at Olympia and previously was the head girls basketball coach at Olympia from 1997 through 2001. This is his first baseball head coaching job.
Roth’s hiring ends the Bears’ 20-year reign with McDougall as head coach. McDougall was diagnosed with brain cancer in December, but Roth stated he wants to keep the rich tradition of Olympia baseball intact.
“We feel it’s the right move, and people in the area feel it’s the right move,” said
This past spring, under interim coach Greg Creighton, the Bears won their sixth straight 4A Narrows League title and advanced to the 4A regional final before falling to Kentwood, 13-7 in eight innings, in the regional final. Olympia finished 19-8 overall.
-- Meg Wochnick