Release Date: October 12, 2017
Contact: Garet Studer, Director of Athletics, 425-388-9328, email@example.com
EvCC baseball coach Levi Lacey hired by Texas Rangers
JoJo Howie named Trojans interim head coach
EvCC baseball coach Levi Lacey (right, holding plaque) with the 2016 baseball team at the Northwest Athletic Conference playoffs. The Trojans took second place. Below: EvCC baseball coach Levi Lacey at a 2013 game.
EVERETT, Wash. – For the first time since 2002, the Everett Community College baseball team will start their season without Levi Lacey as their skipper.
Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers selected Lacey last week as their Four Corners area scout. Lacey, who previously lived in Arlington, began work for the Rangers Oct. 9 and is based in Arizona.
The Rangers finished the 2017 season tied with the Seattle Mariners in the American League West standings and seven games back from the final wild card playoff spot.
Lacey resurrected EvCC’s baseball program in 2001 after a 19-year hiatus, finishing third in the North region in their first season back to Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) competition. Just one year later, the Trojans made their first trip back to postseason play in 37 years.
“Building a program from scratch was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done,” Lacey said. “It was a challenge to break through a tough North Region back in 2002 with so many teams that had a history of success, but I’m so proud that the Trojans are a part of that list today.”
Lacey would go on to amass 474 wins, four North region titles, and capped off his tenure with an NWAC championship in 2013.
Beyond the team’s performance on the field, Lacey’s teams have also done well in the classroom. More than 80 percent of the sophomores graduated or transferred to four-year schools and had GPA’s of 2.5 or higher.
“A coach like Levi is not replaceable. His dedication and passion for the game and our student athletes is evident in everything he does on a daily basis. The Trojan Nation is saddened by his departure, but excited and happy for Levi and his family. This is an incredible opportunity, and certainly well deserved,” said EvCC Director of Athletics Garet Studer.
While the Trojan baseball program will certainly miss their leader of the past 17 years, a familiar face will be taking the reins. Former Trojan and current assistant coach, JoJo Howie has been named interim head coach for the 2018 season.
As a member of the Everett coaching staff, Howie has spent the last two seasons under Lacey’s guidance. In those two seasons, the Trojans totaled 76 wins, with back-to-back appearances in the NWAC championship game, finishing runners-up both seasons.
“I feel great about JoJo taking over the program, and he reminds me a lot of myself when I was his age,” Lacey said. “He demands respect, knows how to win and cares about his players, all of which are attributes that I feel are necessary to be a great head coach.”
Howie played two seasons for the Trojans and was a key starting pitcher on the 2013 NWAC championship team with a 2.41 ERA and 43 strikeouts. He went on to play Division I baseball at Virginia Commonwealth University, where in 2014 he started in 15 games, pitched a team best 100 innings and had a 7-3 record with a 3.15 ERA.
“Coach Howie has shown incredible dedication and commitment to the program, both as a player here and as a part of the coaching staff,” Studer said. “We are confident that the Trojan baseball program will continue its longstanding tradition of success under his leadership.”