Staff
Head Coach
Marty Lees

Marty Lees completed his second season at the helm of Washington State Baseball after being named the 15th head coach in program history in 2015. Prior to WSU, Lees spent the previous three seasons as the assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State and the previous 11 at Oregon State. In those 14 years he coached 10 teams that reached the NCAA Tournament, including two national champions with Oregon State (2006-07).

This past season saw the Cougars up their win total from a season ago highlighted by a stretch that saw Washington State claim four straight Pac-12 Conference series en route to a 24-29 campaign, including a 10-20 mark in league play. In year two under Lees, WSU featured a lineup with six first-year players, recorded its highest batting average, scored the most runs and hit the most home runs since 2013 while posting the fourth-most doubles (105) in the Pac-12, the most by a Cougar team since 2012. Washington State won four straight conference series for the first time since 1995, claiming series against No. 30 Washington, at Utah, Oregon and No. 28 UCLA, WSU’s first series win over the Bruins since 2009. The Cougars played well at Bailey-Brayton Field in 2017, posting a 20-10 mark for the best home record since the 2010 team went 20-5. Following the season, three players earn All-Pac-12 accolades led by third baseman Shane Matheny’s selection to the All-Pac-12 team while shortstop Andres Alvarez and outfielder Justin Harrer each garnered honorable mention. In the classroom, six Cougars received Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention, the most since 2012. In June’s MLB Draft, three Cougars and a pair of WSU signees were selected in the MLB Draft.

In 2016, his first season at WSU, Lees led the Cougars to series wins over No. 10 Oregon State and No. 14 University of Washington, giving WSU its first series win in Seattle since 2004. Washington State finished the 2016 campaign 19-35 including an 11-19 mark in Pac-12 Conference play while improving in batting average, runs scored and home runs from the season prior with a roster that featured just one senior. The Cougars recorded the second-most stolen bases in the Pac-12, led the league in stolen bases during conference play and tied for the most double plays turned against Pac-12 opponents. Lees saw three players earn All-Pac-12 Conference accolades led by second baseman Trek Stemp’s selection to the All-Pac-12 team and four players earned Pac-12 All-Academic honors. In the Major League Baseball Draft, Lees saw three Cougars drafted and four Cougar signees also picked by MLB clubs. Known as one of the best recruiters in college baseball, Lees and his staff put together a 2016 recruiting class that was ranked No. 28 by D1Baseball.com.

In his final season with the Cowboys posted a 38-20 record, falling in the 2015 NCAA Stillwater Regional, the first time in his three seasons Oklahoma State did not advance to the Regional Championship game. Along with helping lead the Cowboys to the NCAA Louisville Regional final in 2013 and a Big 12 Conference championship and NCAA Super Regional appearance in 2014, Lees thrived as Oklahoma State’s recruiting coordinator. The Cowboys' first class with Lees on board was ranked No. 4 nationally by Baseball America and No. 5 by Collegiate Baseball, and followed that with a 2014 class that was ranked No. 5 by Collegiate Baseball for the second-consecutive year.

In January 2013, Lees came in at No. 6 on Baseball America’s list of the nation’s top 10 college assistant coaches; a list compiled from votes of 70 Division I head coaches across the country, as well as the input of more than a dozen scouts. As the primary coach for OSU's infielders, Lees coached 13 Cowboy infielders who have earned All-Big 12 honors over the last three seasons, and in 2015, Oklahoma State recorded a .975 fielding percentage.

Lees arrived at Oklahoma State after spending the previous 11 years on the coaching staff at Oregon State, including the final three (2010-12) as the Beavers' associate head coach. Lees joined the Oregon State staff as a volunteer assistant in 2002 and moved to a full-time assistant coach in 2004. He helped coach the Beavers to three-straight College World Series berths from 2005-07, including back-to-back national championships in 2006-07.

He worked primarily as the defensive coach for infielders and catchers and also spent his last six years as the team's recruiting coordinator. While in Corvallis, he coached 30 All-Pac-10/12 Conference performers and 10 All-Americans. Under his guidance, Darwin Barney was the 2005 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, while Chris Kunda was named the conference's defensive player of the year in 2006.

A native of Lakeview, Ore., Lees earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Western Oregon in 1994. He and his wife, Kristy, have three sons, Brandon, Brady and Jacob.

Associate Head Coach/Pitching Coach
Dan Spencer

Dan Spencer completed his second season as the Cougars Associate Head Coach / Pitching Coach after spending the previous three seasons at New Mexico and the prior four years as the head coach of Texas Tech, compiling a 115-112 record. Before joining Texas Tech for the 2008 season, Spencer spent 11 seasons with Washington State Head Coach Marty Lees at Oregon State as the Beavers hitting coach (1997-2003) and pitching coach (2004-2007).

This past season saw WSU up their win total from a season ago highlighted by a stretch that saw Washington State claim four straight Pac-12 Conference series, a first since 1995. The Cougar pitching staff tallied more strikeouts and wins from a season ago while Scotty Sunitsch finished third in the Pac-12 with eight saves. WSU also tallied the second most pickoffs in the conference led by Damon Jones who lead the league with six pickoffs. Spencer also guided junior college transfer Cody Anderson to share the team-lead with five wins and also produce the tenth-lowest batting average against among all Pac-12 pitchers. Spencer closed the season with a pair of Cougar pitchers selected in the MLB Draft, Jones went to the Phillies in the 18th round and reliever Colby Nealy to the Dodgers in the 35th round.

In 2016, his first season with Washington State, Spencer saw a pair of Cougars earn All-Pac-12 honorable mention honors and two hurlers taken in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. Spencer guided Ian Hamilton, WSU’s all-time saves leader who converted to a starting pitcher, lead the team in innings and strikeouts before being selected in the 11th round by the Chicago White Sox. Reliever Ryan Walker joined Hamilton earning all-conference honors after leading a young WSU staff in wins, ERA, saves and opponent batting average. His 2.40 ERA was the fourth-lowest in the Pac-12 while his five saves tied for tenth. The Cougar pitching staff featured nine arms who made their WSU debut in 2016 including seven true freshmen.

Spencer helped the Lobos reach the title game of the 2015 Mountain West Tournament, posting a 32-27 overall record, 17-13 in conference play. He coached All-MWC First-Team pitcher Toller Boardman and Tyler Stevens, who became the first Lobo pitcher to be a named a freshman All-American. In 2014 Lobo pitchers recorded their lowest collective ERA (4.23) since 1977. It was also the seventh lowest staff ERA in the program's 115-year history. The bullpen also saved a school-record 16 games.

Prior to New Mexico, Spencer spent five season at Texas Tech, one year (2008) as associate head coach and four more as head coach, where his Red Raider set several records during his years as head coach. He was the first head coach to win at least 25 games each of his first four seasons, and his teams defeated 32 nationally-ranked opponents. His players excelled in the classroom as well as the Red Raiders produced 31 Academic All-Big 12 players in his four years, almost as many as the school had (34) in the 12 years prior to his arrival.

In addition to winning back-to-back national titles while at Oregon State (2006-07), he was part of the staff that led the Beavers to three straight College World Series appearances (2005-2007) and back-to-back Pac-10 titles in 2005-2006. His pitching staffs led the Pac-10 in ERA in both 2005 and 2006 and in saves in 2006 and 2007. He also served as the program's recruiting coordinator and brought in three nationally-ranked recruiting classes. Collegiate Baseball Magazine named Spencer the National Pitching Coach of the Year in 2007.

In his career at Oregon State, Texas Tech and New Mexico, Spencer coached 12 players to 26 All-American awards, and had 35 players selected in the first 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball draft, including 14 in the top five rounds and three first-round picks.

He began his head coaching career at Green River Community College in Auburn, Wash., where he was the head coach from 1992-1996. In 1992 and 1994 he was named the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Coach of the Year.

Spencer played one season at Mira Costa Junior College in San Diego in 1984 and went on to play three seasons at Texas Tech University (1984-87).

A native of Vancouver, Wash., Spencer received his bachelor's degree in history from Portland State University in 1990. He and his wife, Susie, have three children: Wade, Logan, and Elizabeth.

Assistant Coach
Jim Horner

Former Washington State catcher and minor league manager Jim Horner completed his second season as the Cougars assistant coach, working the outfielders, catchers and hitters. Horner, a first-team All-Pacific-10 catcher for the Cougars in 1996, returned to the Palouse after managing the Seattle Mariners Double-A affiliate Jackson Generals (Tenn.) for the 2014 season and the first half of the 2015 campaign.

This past season saw WSU up their win total from a season ago highlighted by a stretch that saw Washington State claim four straight Pac-12 Conference series, a first since 1995. The Cougars, with a lineup featuring six first-year players most of the season, recorded their highest batting average, scored the most runs and hit the most home runs since 2013 while posting the fourth-most doubles (105) in the Pac-12, the most by a Cougar team since 2012. Three position players earned All-Pac-12 Conference honors led by third baseman Shane Matheny’s selection to the All-Pac-12 team who was later among the three Cougars selected in the MLB Draft.

In 2016, his first season back in the dugout with the Cougars, Horner helped the WSU offense improve from the season prior in batting average, runs scored and home runs while finishing second in the Pac-12 Conference in stolen bases. Horner also saw second baseman Trek Stemp earn All-Pac-12 honors after posting the fourth-best batting average in the conference at .355 and was selected in the Major League Baseball Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Horner owns seven-plus years of managerial experience, serving as the skipper of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Seattle – Low-A) from 2006-07 before managing the High Desert Mavericks (Seattle - High-A) from 2008-10 and 2013. In 2009, he was named California League Manager of the Year and Seattle Mariners Staff Member of the Year after guiding the Mavericks to South Division first and second half titles and earning a spot in the championship series.

From 2011-12, Horner coached two seasons at Texas Tech University serving as the Red Raiders’ hitting coach under then head coach Dan Spencer who was also hired by Lees as the Cougars’ associate head coach. In 2012, Horner helped Texas Tech finish second in the Big 12 in batting average (.292), second in slugging percentage (.418), second in doubles (117) and ranked 12th in the nation with a conference-best 24 triples. That season, the Red Raiders were the only team in the league to have three of the top 10 hitters in the Big 12 led by second baseman Jamodrick McGruder (.358) who went on to earn All-America honors and was named a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy. In his two seasons at Texas Tech, seven position players were taken in the Major League Baseball Draft highlighted by first-round pick Barret Barnes who was taken No. 45 by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012.

Horner began his managerial career with the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers for two seasons before moving to High Desert. He began coaching in 2005 as the hitting coach with the short-season Everett AquaSox.

Horner joined the coaching ranks immediately after completing a nine-year professional playing career, all with the Mariners' organization. He was a catcher in the Seattle farm system from 1996 to 2004. In 2000, Horner reached the Triple-A level with the Tacoma Rainiers. He was a Double-A All-Star with the San Antonio Missions in 2003 and collected the John Ellis Award for community service in 2000 as a member of the New Haven Ravens in the Eastern League. He batted .259 with 116 doubles, six triples, 59 home runs and 298 RBI during his nine year minor-league career.

Horner played at Washington State for coaches Bobo Brayton (1993-94) and Steve Farrington (1995-96). The Twin Falls, Idaho native earned first-team All-Pac-10 Conference honors as a senior after leading the Cougars with a .332 batting average. Horner was also named the Pacific-10 Conference Medal Winner for Washington State as WSU’s top male student-athlete and received all-academic honors while earning a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

Jim and his wife, Katie, have four children: daughters, Madison and Reagan, and sons, Jackson and Tyler.

Volunteer Assistant Coach
Kurt Lupinksi

Kurt Lupinksi joined the Cougar coaching staff for the 2018 season after working last season as the recruiting coordinator at Lower Columbia College.

Lupinski was a member of the baseball support staff at Oregon State University from 2008-12, working with former OSU assistant coach and current Cougar Head Coach Marty Lees. Lupinski, who also worked at Chemeketa Community College, helped LCC to a Northwest Athletic Conference title in 2017.

The Klamath Falls, Ore. native attended Henley High School. Lupinski earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental science with a minor in communications from Oregon State and is pursuing his master’s degree through Concordia University in Irvine, Calif.