by Baseball Ireland
Baseball Ireland is excited to announce that Donegal Fergus will join the coaching staff for the Ireland 2018 National Baseball Team.
Coach Fergus is the Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator with the University of Washington Baseball Program. Since his arrival in 2013, he has overseen the development of multiple MLB draftees and All Pac-12 Conference selections. He is a former Assistant at Seattle University and Head Coach at Lower Columbia College.
“We are thrilled that Donegal has decided to join our coaching staff and the Ireland Baseball family”, said Ireland Manager Sean Mitchell. “Coach Fergus is an outstanding, experienced and progressive baseball coach who’s influence will directly benefit our players, aspiring coaches and overall program development. We look forward to Donegal’s arrival and his contribution to our 2018 squad competing in the July European C Pool Qualifier Tournament here in Ashbourne, Ireland.”
Coach Fergus, who’s family hails from County Cork in Ireland, commented, “I’m so excited to get back to Ireland and help Sean and the entire organization grow the game of baseball there, as well as continue to sow the seeds of the next wave of homegrown Irish players on the world stage. Its going to be such a grand experience for me and my family to be a part of. Thanks to Chris St Amand, John Fitzgerald and everyone else associated with the national team for getting me involved and trusting me to be a helpful voice in this process. It’s a really cool honor to get to put the green jersey on and I could not be more fired up.”
Fergus played baseball at Linfield College in Oregon, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2000. He also earned a master’s degree in homeland security from the American Military University in 2007.
A native of Powers, Ore., Donegal and his wife, Kim, have three children, Seamus, Finnegan and Maclean.