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November 19, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Ballard hires new baseball coach

Ballard hired Doug Montgomery as the school’s new baseball coach, replacing John Lamm, who retired.

Here’s the press release from the school:

If there is one thing the new Beaver’s head baseball coach doesn’t lack – it’s Ballard Pride. Newly hired coach Doug Montgomery is a second generation Ballard grad, his father graduated in 1976. Doug has grown up in the community and been around baseball all his life thanks in large to his father, who was president of the Ballard Little League.

Montgomery doesn’t want to coach or be anywhere else stating, “Ballard is the only school I’d coach at. I’ve got so much pride in this school, and this community. I even tell people I’m from Ballard, WA.”

Montgomery graduated from Ballard in 2003, and played 2 years of baseball at Shoreline CC, where he was team captain and “Shoreline CC Male Athlete of the Year” his sophomore year. He was then accepted to the UW Foster School of Business, where he double majored in Finance and Accounting. Montgomery was forced to have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder just six weeks into his career of UW baseball. After rehabbing, he pitched one more year of semi-pro baseball before finally deciding to end his playing career, and graduating with degree in business.

Montgomery is now as a financial analyst for a company downtown that develops and licenses financial products for banks and credit unions. Montgomery explains, “I spend a lot of time staring at Excel spreadsheets, and explaining accounting principles to techies. I’m a numbers guy, and that’s definitely apparent in my coaching.”

While Montgomery hasn’t had too much experience coaching, he understands what it takes to build a program. Last season, he was the pitching coach for the Beavers who lost to Jackson in a winner to State game, taking 3rd in the KingCo Tournament – thanks to the superior pitching staff Montgomery coached.

“When I was growing up, and tagging along with my dad to the high school practices, this program was buzzing. It felt like they were always at the top of the Metro standings, and making it to the State Tournament. When we thought of Ballard sports, we thought baseball. That’s what I want to get this program back to. When I think of Rainier Beach, I think basketball. When I think of Bellevue, I think football. I want people to think Ballard, and have baseball come to mind. Ballard has been a high school since 1901, and has never won a state championship for baseball. I want to change that.”

Ballard High School Athletic Director Carrie Burr is very excited to have Montgomery as the head coach. “Doug is someone people are drawn to. You just can’t help but like him. He is so positive and enthusiastic about Ballard baseball it makes me want dust off my shoes and go coach for him. The players, parents and community feel the same way about Coach Montgomery, and I am thrilled to have him back almost a decade later leading the Beavers on to the field!”

Ballard’s Head Baseball Coach John Lamm Resigns

John Lamm announced at the beginning of last season (2012) that this would be his final ride coaching his beloved Beavers after four seasons. Lamm, class of 1984, graciously took this position when the Beavers needed him with zero coaching experience. Lamm quickly connected with old teammates and assembled his coaching staff – mostly of Ballard grads, and his right hand man, fellow teammate and alum Jim DuBois. The two talked about having a safe place for the incoming freshman, where they didn’t have to worry about other pressures of high school. To Coach Lamm, baseball was an avenue to make a difference in young men’s lives. He would make sure his student-athletes knew going to class, achieving high grades and being quality young men were non-negotiable. He would tell parents “I will use baseball to make better young men and if we get better at baseball that is just a bonus.”

In the four years Coach Lamm was head coach, he was most proud of the dramatic improvement in his student-athlete’s grades and attendance. “I no longer was visiting the dean of students on a regular basis,” Lamm explained. This says a lot about Coach Lamm and the vision he had for his program. Needless to say, his hard work paid off with the last two years of reaching post season play. In 2011, the Beavers made the playoffs for the first time in a long time, and in 2012 the Beavers took 3rd in the KingCo Tournament – eventually losing to Jackson in the winner to State game.

“I have been blessed to have the privilege to coach my beloved Beavers and am fortunate that I had a great group of young men to help put the Beavers back on the baseball map. I am not sure I can express how difficult it was to step down but to those who know me, well you do.”

Thank you Coach Lamm for your service and commitment to the young men you coached, and for constantly making Ballard Baseball the best it can be. Go Beavers!

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