A new era of CBC baseball begins as Gabe Boruff takes over the program for the 2015 season. Coaching baseball on various levels over the last 10 years, Boruff was hired in April, 2014 and immediately began recruiting efforts for the upcoming campaign.
A prep standout at Ephrata High School as a catcher, Boruff was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 35th round as a senior. As a draft-and-follow, he was heavily recruited to pursue the JC route. Receiving an offer from coaching legend Ed Cheff, Boruff opted for NAIA national powerhouse Lewis-Clark State College. LC State won National Championships in Boruff's first two years in the program.
Coach Boruff played two years in the Royals' organization before an arm injury shortened his opportunity. Working to stay connected to the game, he pursued opportunities in coaching. His first position, at Wenatchee Valley College, involved a program having fallen on hard times. Within three years, Boruff elevated the quality of recruiting within the program. His final recruiting class saw WVC rise from East Region also-ran to conference champions.
His success as a recruiter led to an opportunity as a volunteer at Washington State University. Gabe coached with the Cougars from 2008-2011.
Gabe and his wife Erika have two boys, Blake (4), and Drew (2).
Tucker Urdahl begins his first season as an assistant coach for Gabe Boruff and the CBC baseball program. Coach Urdahl spent the last three years as an assistant basketball coach at Walla Walla University, earning a reputation as a quality recruiter in an academically challenging environment. Twice in three years he was the recipient of the Athletic Director's Award, being recognized for recruiting excellence.
Tucker Urdahl was a dynamic two-sport athlete at Cheney High School. A two-time All-Frontier League basketball player, Urdahl was also named the Defensive Player of the Year. He led CHS to a second-place finish at the 1997 State Championships, while being named to the All-State basketball team. As a baseball player, Coach Urdahl was tabbed as the Frontier League's MVP as a sophomore, junior, and senior. He led his team to the State Championships as a senior.
After a stellar high school career, Urdahl signed to play baseball at Gonzaga University. As a pitcher, he remains fourth all-time in the Gonzaga record books for both single season appearances and single season saves.
After an arm injury derailed his career, Urdahl resurfaced at the Division II level, competing at Saint Martins University in Lacey, Washington. In 2001, at SMU, Urdahl posted an 8-1 record, earning seven saves, with a 2.03 ERA. He was named to the Division II Academic All-American Team in the same season.
Tucker and his wife Tauni have two daughters, Lanie (2) and Amelia (born 1-15-15).
Steve Schultz enters 18th season as a baseball coach at Columbia Basin College. He's represented the Hawks in uniform while serving under three head coaches. He's coached baseball for 33 years.
Coaching at Richland High School, Schultz followed RHS baseball coach Scott Woodward to CBC for the 1989 season. Inseparable, the two were paired through 1996, winning 191 games for CBC. In their final season together, Woodward and Schultz led CBC to the East Region title, finishing second at the NWAC Championships.
After taking the next season off, Schultz returned to the CBC dugout in 1998 with the hire of Scott Rogers. The two were paired for eight seasons, winning 279 games, six East Region titles, and an NWAC Championship in 2001. It was the first baseball championship for CBC since 1964.
The 2001 squad was one for the record books. A pitching staff directed by Steve Schultz set NWAC records by posting a 1.65 team ERA, recording 19 shutouts in 47 games, and winning 21 consecutive games to start a season. The 39 regular-season and post-season wins remains the record for an NWAC Champion in an era restricted to a 40 game regular season schedule. The ERA record has since been broken (CBC, 2004), but the others remain a part of NWAC history.
In all, Steve Schultz has been on the field for 498 of the 1,141 wins in the history of the baseball program.
A retired firefighter, Coach Schultz has an extreme passion for the outdoors. An avid hunter and fisherman, Schultz was a professional waterfowl guide for over 20 years.
Steve and his wife, Marian, have been married for 44 years.
Travis Coulter begins his second full season on staff with CBC baseball. Coulter works with the hitters, as well as the infielders.
A 2005 Southridge High School graduate, Coulter continued his career at Washington State University from 2006-2009. While at WSU, Coulter was named to the Freshman All-American Team and went on to be named team captain in 2009.
Returning to the Tri-Cities when his playing days were over, Coach Coulter helped guide the Kennewick Junior Bandits to the 2009 Regional Championship. He has also coached DEVO Select U13 and U14 teams, in addition to coaching the 2014 Kennewick Senior Bandits.
Coulter plans to remain at CBC and help the Hawks bring home Eastern Region and NWAC Championships.
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