Head Coach Brian Billings
2018 marks year number four for Brian Billings to lead the Pacific Boxer baseball program, but it will be his 16th season as a head coach in the Northwest Conference.
Billings’ Boxers went 21-19 overall and 12-12 in the NWC during his first season in red and black in 2015, turning around a program that won 12 games in 2014 and just four conference contests. His Boxers then set a school record in wins in 2016, going 25-18 overall and 14-10 in conference play; good enough to send the Boxers to their first ever NWC Tournament appearance.
Billings arrived at Pacific after 12 seasons leading the baseball program at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. He is just the third Pacific head baseball coach since 1964, following in the footsteps of Chuck Bafaro (30 years) and Greg Bradley (19 years).
Billings earned 201 wins in his 12 seasons leading the Puget Sound program, gaining his 200th victory against Willamette on Apr. 27. In 2014, Billings led the Loggers to a fourth place NWC finish and saw 11 players named to the All-NWC Team.
During his tenure, Puget Sound finished in the top half of the NWC standings six times and amassed 15 or more wins 10 times. Billings’ high water mark came in 2011 when the Loggers finished second in the NWC with a 15-9 record. He has coached 75 Puget Sound All-NWC selections, four All-West Region selections and a Third Team All-American in Mark Rockey (2009).
For five seasons, Billings combined his head coaching duties with summer work as an assistant coach for the Seattle Studs of the Pacific International League. While on the team’s staff, the Studs amassed 197 wins, won five league titles and advanced four times to the National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series, finishing second in 2008. Billings helped to coach a number of Division I players and future professional players, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum.
In addition to his head coaching duties, Billings served as Puget Sound’s athletic facilities manager.
Prior to taking the job at Puget Sound, Billings spent the 2000 and 2001 seasons as head coach at Pierce Community College in Lakewood, Wash., as well as serving two seasons on the staff of the Tacoma Stags U18 squad under former Puget Sound skipper Ken Garland. He also spent two years as an instructor with the Wilkinson Baseball Academy.
A 1999 graduate of Puget Sound with a degree in physical education, Billings transferred to Puget Sound from Redlands in 1996. A three-year starter at catcher or first base, Billings was a three-time letterwinner, two-time captain and led the NWC in RBIs in 1998. He was named the Loggers’ most valuable player in 1998 earned All-NWC honors in 1999.
A native of the Tacoma area, Billings and his wife, Feather, are proud parents of a son, Benson (5). They reside in Beaverton.