BA, Washington State University, 2007
Dave Meliah will be in his eighth season as head coach for the Warrior Baseball program and the Warriors have made the Super Regional Tournament every year that Dave has been the head coach. Last season WWCC advanced to the North Super Regional Tourney Championship game. In 2015, the Warriors advanced to the NWAC Championship Tournament after hosting and winning the Super Regional Tournament. They have won 172 games in the past 6 seasons and played in the Regional Championship game five times. Under Dave’s guidance, the Warriors have been one of the top offensive teams in the entire NWAC every year. In 2015 they led the NWAC in doubles (103) and least number of strikeouts; were top 5 in Total bases (4th), Runs (4th), Hits (4th), RBI’s (4th), Walks (5th) and Triples (5th); and Top 10 in Batting Average (6th), Slugging (6th), OPS (6th), and OBP (7th).
Dave grew up in Walla Walla and attended DeSales Catholic High School where he helped the Irish win three state championships. He then attended WWCC and helped the Warriors win the NWAACC Eastern Division in 1997. He was named to the NWAACC 1st team as a shortstop.
Dave continued his career by earning a scholarship to the University of San Francisco. In 1998, the Dons broke the school wins record by recording 34 victories. Dave also set the school record by hitting 19 doubles while earning 1st Team All-West Coast Conference honors as a shortstop.
In 1998, Dave was drafted in the 17th round by the Texas Rangers Organization. He signed a professional contract and played six years with the Rangers in their minor league system. His final two and a half years were spent at the AAA level in Oklahoma City.
In 2003, Dave retired from professional baseball to move back to Walla Walla to pursue a teaching degree and coaching career. He is excited about the challenges ahead at WWCC and can’t wait to get to work to help get the Warriors back on top of the Eastern Region.
He is married to Jill, a teacher at Walla Walla High School. They have two children. Emily (9) and Kellen (5).
BS, Centenery College, 2005
J.C. enters his tenth season as an assistant coach at Walla Walla CC, and his eighth season in charge of the Warrior pitching staff. Last year under J.C.’s tutelage, the Warrior pitching staff was Top 10 in ERA (3.81), WHIP (1.28), least number of Walks (128) and Strikeouts (268). In 2011, the Warrior staff had an ERA of 3.24, their lowest since 2002. They followed that up with a 3.67 ERA in 2012.
For six summers, J.C. was the Manager for the Walla Walla Sweets of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League and led the Sweets to the WCCBL playoffs three times, including the East Championship and a berth in the WCCBL Championship series in 2011. The WCCBL is one of the premier summer collegiate leagues in the country.
Growing up in Walla Walla, he attended DeSales Catholic High School where he helped lead the Irish to 3 State Championships. Upon graduation in 2000, he then moved onto WWCC where he pitched and played outfield for Coach Chad Miltenberger.
After his sophomore year, he transferred to Division-1 Centenary College of Louisiana, where he earned his B.S. in Health and Exercise Science in 2005.
As a pitcher and third baseman, his senior season was highlighted by a 2-hit complete game victory that he pitched against #2 ranked LSU. For his efforts he was named NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week, Louisiana Player of the Week, Mid-Con Player of the Week, as well as a nomination for the Roger Clemens Award. Centenary continued their success with a birth into the Mid-Continent Conference championship game, where he was named to the All-Tournament team.
He and his wife Katie have a daughter, Arianna (1).
BA, Jamestown College, 2012
BA, Whitman College, 1999; MA, Whitworth University, 2002
BA, Central Washington, 1994; MA, 1998