Capital High School athletic director Steve Belande announced Tuesday a pair of coaching hires for spring sports, as Jesse Elam and Kelsey Haupert are the Cougars' new baseball and fastpitch coaches, respectively.
Elam spent the past six years at Class 1A Tenino, leading the Beavers to the state playoffs four times, including a state runner-up finish in 2011 and a third-place finish in May. Haupert, a former Black Hills standout who helped the Wolves to the Class 3A state title in 2005 and played collegiately at Purdue, recently was an assistant softball coach at Saint Martin's.
Elam replaces Dennis Gray, who made the 2013 season his second coaching stint at Capital. Haupert takes over for Mel Weems, who retired this spring after coaching the Cougars since 2002.