New coach takes over talented Wildcats squad | Baseball
When Max Whitt took the job as head baseball coach at Archbishop Murphy High School, he heard that he was going to have a good team.
After a season-opening 4-1 victory over Anacortes on Tuesday, March 14, and watching his players at work in practice, Whitt is impressed by what’s he’s seen.
“The boys come to practice every day willing to do whatever it takes to get better,” Whitt said.
Whitt took over from legendary coach Stan Taloff, who retired after last season. The Hall of Fame coach led the Wildcats to a state championship in 2012 and seven league titles.
A Granite Falls High School graduate, Whitt, played at Everett Community College, where he helped lead the team to a NWACC championship in 2013. Whitt then went on to play at Lewis-Clark State College and helped that squad win a NAIA championship.
Whitt is stressing competition for all nine positions.
“We have deep talent that goes through the entire organization,” Whitt said. Twelve players are vying for spots on the pitching staff. Returning in the infield are shortstop Connor O’Brien, second baseman Austin Hauck and catcher Dirk Wilson.
What Whitt likes the most is the attitude of his players.
“They love making each other better,” he said.