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May 26, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Mount Si coach Elliott Cribby’s path to coaching success

While working on “5 Things to Watch” heading into the final week of the spring sports season, I had an interesting conversation with Mount Si baseball coach Elliott Cribby.

Since I didn’t have space to cover it in my story earlier this week, I wanted to cover his path to coaching success here on the blog.

After graduating from Lake Washington High School, Cribby attended Columbia Basin Community College before moving on to pitch at Washington. He spent a year as the closer on a team that featured Tim Lincecum.

When Cribby wrapped up his senior season with the Huskies in 2008, he began preparing for the draft, going through workouts and getting physicals. During one of the physicals, a blood clot was discovered in his shoulder.

He ended up in the intensive care unit for a week. He has surgery, during which he had a rib removed, and was told he couldn’t play baseball again.

Since his baseball career seemed over, he went to get his master’s degree in athletic administration. Then he got the itch to pitch again. He spent a year pitching in the Frontier League for a team in Rockford, Ill.

During that year, the itch to play transformed into an desire to coach. He spent a year at Eastside Catholic as an assistant before taking over at Mount Si.

It took him just one season to get the Wildcats to the semifinals, winning their first state playoff games along the way. Cribby continues to hear that his team has exceeded expectations, but that’s not how he sees it, since he set a lofty bar to start the year.

The fifth-ranked Wildcats play Kamiakin in the Class 3A semifinals at 1 p.m. Friday at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma.

“It’s just another game, there’s just a little more meaning to it,” Cribby said. “There’s no pressure.

It’s might just another game but, for the 25-year-old coach, it’s still pretty exciting.

“For a 25 year old guy in his first year as a head coach, going to the state Final Four … doesn’t get much better than that,” he said.

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