|Years with Gresham:||2nd Season|
|Alma Mater:||Portland State University|
|2015||Klamath Falls (WCL)||12||41||.226|
Justin Barchus returns as head coach of the Gresham GreyWolves for the 2017 season, his second year at the helm of the new West Coast League team. Barchus was tabbed head coach in an announcement made by team owners Jerry and Lisa Walker on Nov. 9, 2015. Barchus is a native Oregonian who currently resides in West Linn.
In his first season as the coach of the GreyWolves, Barchus led the team towards a late second half playoff push. The club began the second half of the West Coast League season on a five-game winning streak and finished with a 15-12 record. Barchus led a Gresham offense that finished second in the 11-team league in on-base percentage.
Barchus’ coaching credentials include a stint as head coach for Capital City Select, one of the premier College Prep travel teams in the country, for seven seasons (2008-2014). Under his tenure the team posted an incredible overall record of 206-83-5 (.718) and completed seasons with United States Specialty Sports Association national rankings of 6, 18, 1 and 4, respectively.
Upon his hiring, Barchus said, “Our goal for Gresham baseball is to build and maintain character, integrity, and community through our actions on and off the baseball field. Volunteerism in the community will be a huge aspect of our program; the ability to build and maintain respect and an understanding of what it means to take action in the community.”
Barchus got his first taste of West Coast League baseball in 2015 as he guided the Klamath Falls Gems, now a member of the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League. Despite a disappointing record with the Gems, the team won the West Coast League’s Jim Dietz Sportsmanship Award.
Barchus has experience as a collegiate student-athlete that allows him to connect with college players and understand the recruiting process. He also served as pitching coach at Keizer’s McNary High School from 2009 through 2011. Over his three seasons with the Celtics, McNary compiled a 48-32 record. His tutelage helped decrease the team’s earned run average by nearly one run per game and led the pitching staff to an impressive 2.67 ERA over his three seasons with the Celtics.
Barchus is also a certified trainer and his training and nutrition plan will be a great addition to the GreyWolves.