Ryan Wright begins his third year as an assistant baseball coach in 2018-19.
MSUB won a school record 33 games in 2018, and claimed its third GNAC regular-season title in the last four years with Wright’s assistance. For the second straight season, the team broke the school record for home runs, this time also topping the GNAC single-season mark with an incredible 78 on the year. MSUB’s offense also broke the GNAC single-season record for runs per game with 8.41, and topped the GNAC record for team slugging percentage at .536.
Working primarily with the offense in 2017, Wright helped the ‘Jackets break the MSUB single-season home run record with 44 on the year. He also assisted on a team that advanced to the GNAC Championships for the third consecutive season.
He spent the 2015-2016 season coaching at Capital High School in Boise, Idaho, while finishing his undergraduate degree at Boise State University. He was a former student-athlete under current MSUB head coach Aaron Sutton at Treasure Valley Community College.
Originally from Fruitland, Idaho, Wright’s collegiate career included stops at the University of Utah, TVCC, and Oklahoma City University. During Wright’s two years at OCU, he batted .320 with 20 doubles, six triples, and four home runs. In his senior season, he helped the Stars to a No. 1 national ranking going into the NAIA regional tournament, as well as garnered second-team academic All-American honors.
Prior to OCU, Wright attended Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Ore., where he played second base for the Chukars. During his sophomore season, Wright received the NWAACC Scholar Athlete of the Year award and was a part of the first Treasure Valley baseball team to win both regular and postseason NWAACC East Region titles.
Wright attended Fruitland High School, where he was coached by his father, Russ Wright. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boise State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. He is currently working on his master’s degree in sports management from Missouri Baptist University.
Grant Hamilton begins his second year as an assistant coach with the Yellowjackets’ baseball team in 2018-19. Hamilton is primarily responsible for MSUB’s pitching staff.
In his first year as an assistant coach, Hamilton helped the Yellowjackets claim the 2018 GNAC regular-season title and win a program-record 33 games. Under his guidance, MSUB’s pitching staff broke the school single-season records for strikeouts (386), innings pitched (418.0), strikeouts per 9 innings (8.31), and saves (11).
Hamilton most recently served as a volunteer coach at Oklahoma City University, where he completed his collegiate playing career. During his senior season with the Stars in 2016, Hamilton compiled a 4.10 ERA in 41 2/3 innings pitched while making 21 appearances. He competed alongside current MSUB assistant coach Ryan Wright for a team that reached a No. 1 ranking in the NAIA.
Hamilton began his collegiate career at Butler Community College in Kansas. Hamilton also played summer ball in the Northwoods League, where he was an all-star and the strikeout leader.
Hamilton is a native of Oklahoma City, Okla., and attended Bethany High School.
Spencer Pollock begins his second season as an assistant coach with the Yellowjackets during the 2018-19 school year.
As an assistant in 2018 Pollock helped the Yellowjackets capture their third GNAC regular-season title in the last four years, as the team won a school record 33 games.
A graduate of Northwest Nazarene University, Pollock completed his collegiate career competing within the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 2017.
The Payette, Idaho native spent the summer of 2017 helping coach the Montana Class AA American Legion Bozeman Bucks to a conference championship and the program’s first-ever 50-win season.
Pollock held a .315 career batting average in the GNAC for the Crusaders, and was a second-team all-league catcher. He helped bring NNU its first-ever regular-season and tournament championships during the 2016 season.
Prior to his time at NNU, Pollock played under MSUB head coach Aaron Sutton at Treasure Valley Community College. He was the NWAC East Region Gold Glove winner, and ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove winner during the 2015 season. At TVCC, he helped the team to three regular-season and postseason East Region championships.
Pollock is completing his bachelor’s degree in business management from NNU. He is a 2012 graduate of Payette High School.