The team lacked a spark and the university knew it.
They failed to draw crowds, failed to make the postseason, failed to properly renovate an aging ballpark, and failed to land recruits that were leaving the area for greener pastures out of state. It was time for a change, and that change was made yesterday when University of Washington head baseball coach Ken Knutson was terminated after 17 seasons at the helm.
Though you never want to see anyone lose their job these days, Knutson had been underachieving for some time. His team was shut out of postseason play in each of the past five years. Two of those five seasons coincided with the rise of one of the greatest players in Washington history donning the Husky uniform. And even Tim Lincecum couldn’t carry this mediocre ballclub into the playoffs.
It didn’t help matters that Northwest rival Oregon State won back-to-back National Championships in 2006 and 2007, or that intrastate foe Washington State found their way to the NCAA Tournament this past season.