BA, Washington State University, 2007
Dave Meliah will be in his third season as head coach for the Warrior Baseball program after serving as an assistant coach for five seasons. Last year, the Warriors finished with a record of 30-16 and played in the Eastern Regional Championship game. Under Dave's guidance, they were one of the top offensive teams in the entire NWAACC in 2011. They led the NWAACC in several categories including batting average (.327), hits (515), and doubles (104). They also finished second in RBI's(283) and third in runs scored (308), triples (15), and homeruns (21). In 2010, his first season as Head Coach, the Warriors made the East Region Playoffs just missing out on a trip to the NWAACC Championship Tournament.
Dave grew up in Walla Walla and attended DeSales Catholic High School where he helped the Irish win three state championships. He then attended WWCC and helped the Warriors win the NWAACC Eastern Division in 1997. He was named to the NWAACC 1st team as a shortstop.
Dave continued his career by earning a scholarship to the University of San Francisco. In 1998, the Dons broke the school wins record by recording 34 victories. Dave also set the school record by hitting 19 doubles while earning 1st Team All-West Coast Conference honors as a shortstop.
In 1998, Dave was drafted in the 17th round by the Texas Rangers Organization. He signed a professional contract and played six years with the Rangers in their minor league system. His final two and a half years were spent at the AAA level in Oklahoma City.
In 2003, Dave retired from professional baseball to move back to Walla Walla to pursue a teaching degree and coaching career. He is excited about the challenges ahead at WWCC and can't wait to get to work to help get the Warriors back on top of the Eastern Region.
He is married to his wife Jill, also a teacher and the Head Girl's Basketball Coach at Walla Walla High School. Their first child, Emily, is 4 1/2 years old and their son Kellen is 7 months.
BS, Centenery College, 2005
J.C. enters his fifth season as an assistant coach at Walla Walla CC, and his third season in charge of the Warrior pitching staff. In 2011, under J.C.'s tutelage, the Warrior staff had an ERA of 3.24, their lowest since 2002.
During the summer months, J.C. is the Manager for the Walla Walla Sweets of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League and led the Sweets to the WCCBL East Championship and a berth in the WCCBL Championship series in 2011. The WCCBL is one of the premier summer collegiate leagues in the country.
Growing up in Walla Walla, he attended DeSales Catholic High School where he helped lead the Irish to 3 State Championships. Upon graduation in 2000, he then moved onto WWCC where he pitched and played outfield for Coach Chad Miltenberger.
After his sophomore year, he transferred to Centenary College of Louisiana, where he earned his B.S. in Health and Exercise Science in 2005.
As a pitcher and third baseman, his senior season was highlighted by a 2-hit complete game victory that he pitched against #2 ranked LSU. For his efforts he was named NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week, Louisiana Player of the Week, Mid-Con Player of the Week, as well as a nomination for the Roger Clemens Award. Centenary continued their success with a birth into the Mid-Continent Conference championship game, where he was named to the All-Tournament team.
BA, Washington State University, 2009
Jason is in his third season as an assistant coach at WWCC. Jason is another Walla Walla native. He graduated from Walla Walla High School and received a baseball scholarship to Washington State University. He was a three-year starter in the OF at WSU and earned All-Pac 10 accolades in two of his seasons in Pullman including his sophomore year in which he hit 18 homeruns and batted .393. He was named a Fresham All-American in 1998 and a Pre-Season All-American before his junior year in 2000.
After his junior year, Jason was a 3rd round draft choice (98th overall) of the New York Yankees. He played five seasons of pro-ball with the Yankees, Minnesota Twins, and Seattle Mariners and made it to the AA level. He also played in several Big League Spring Training games. When Jason and Coach Meliah were both playing pro-ball, they would work out in the off-season together at WWCC in the Hitting Facility.
He is currently teaching 1st grade at Davis Elementary in College Place.
BA, Western Oregon, 2010