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October 17, 2016: General Manager and Head Coach, Harold Pyatte has
announced the addition of two new coaches for the 2017 season. Jamie
Sluys has been named Associate Head Coach and Tim Kelly has been
named pitching coach. Both coaches have worked together for the past
several seasons with the Alaska Goldpanners.
In addition to Pyatte, Sluys, and Kelly both Mike MacCulloch and Steve
Konek Sr. will return as well. Seth Dawson will remain with the club as
President of Baseball Operations and will be returning as game announcer.
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Sluys career has encompassed Player, Head Coach, and Athletic Administrator. A standout multi-sport athlete at Everett
High School, he won six varsity letters. He went on to play college baseball at Edmonds CC and then at Bellevue
University where he was a part of the 1995 NAIA national championship team. He also played for the Merchants from
1994 through 1996.
His baseball coaching experience includes Everett High School, Muckleshoot High School, the Alaska Goldpanners, and
the Everett Merchants. He is currently the Athletic Director at Muckleshoot High School. While with the Goldpanners he
worked with legendary coach Jim Dietz. He also represented the Goldpanners in two Alaska Baseball League All-Star
For over 30 years, Kelly has been a pitching coach and scout. Tim was the pitching coach for seven years at Arizona
State as the Sun Devils won the 1981 College World Series in his first season. He also worked at the highest professional
levels in the scouting departments of the California Angels and Los Angeles Dodgers. His baseball career began as a
pitcher out of Anaheim, California. After his high school career at Wilcox Prep in Anaheim, he pitched for the University
of La Verne, Orange Coast College, and Stanford University. After college he pitched three seasons of professional
baseball (1976-1978) and twice he was a MLB spring training invite. Following his playing days, Tim returned to the
game as a Pitching Coach for Orange Coast College in 1980 -- promptly developing a staff that helped OCC win the
California State title. In the summer of 1980 Tim joined Ben Hines in Fairbanks as an Assistant Coach for the Alaska
Goldpanners. The 1980 club won the state and national championship. Kelly was then hired by Arizona State University.
From ASU, Tim re-entered the world of professional baseball as a coach, scouting supervisor, and Assistant Scouting
Director for the California Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Washington Nationals. Returning to amateur baseball, Kelly
again coached for the Goldpanners in 2012, 2014-2016, while serving as the Pitching Coach for Don Sneddon at Santa
|2017 EVERETT CUP DATE SET
JANUARY 28, 2017: The 2017 Everett Cup game against the AquaSox has been set for
Tuesday, June 13th.
In 2016, Austin Grebeck's two-out game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning
snapped a 5-5 tie, as it scored Yojhan Quevedo from third base with the game winner as the
AquaSox took the Everett Cup, 6-5, over the Everett Merchants