Bi-Mart Eugene Challengers Asst. Coach Karraker Name Ducks Pitching Coach
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon head baseball coach George Horton announced today that Mitch Karraker will be the new Ducks’ pitching coach. Karraker replaces Dean Stiles who left to be the pitching coach at Florida International.
Karraker has been a part of the Ducks’ program since its return before the 2009 season. He was a catcher for the Ducks from 2009 to 2011 before spending the next four seasons in various roles with the baseball program. For the last two seasons, Karraker has served as an administrative assistant at Oregon assisting with duties in the baseball office and on the field as well as assisting with Oregon baseball camps. Before moving into that role, he spent one season as an undergraduate assistant coach and one season as a student manager.
“Mitch will be a great addition to our staff,” Horton said. “He has proven himself over the last seven seasons and I’m excited to see him take the next step. His dedication and hard work have been assets to our program and I expect him to excel in his new role.”
Karraker also spent time over the last few years coaching outside the Oregon baseball program. He was the head coach of the Klamath Falls Gems in the West Coast Summer League for two seasons before serving as an assistant coach with the Bi-Mart Eugene Challengers, an American Legion team, last summer.
Karraker graduated from the University of Oregon in 2012 with a degree in sociology. He earned his Masters of Education from Northwest Christian University in 2014 and lives in Eugene with his wife Kelly.