Men's Baseball Coaching Staff
Greg Cadaret - Head Coach530.308.1888
Greg Cadaret was hired as Simpson University’s head men’s baseball coach in April 2014. He has experience as a player, coach, manager, and analyst. He has lived in the Redding area since 1994 with his wife Debbie and three children, Ryan, Shane and Caitlin.
Cadaret, a left-handed pitcher, spent 18 years playing professional baseball, 11 of those in the Major Leagues. He played for nine different Major League teams after being drafted in the 11th round of the 1983 amateur draft by the Oakland A's. He made his major league debut with the A’s in 1987 and pitched for them in the 1988 World Series, making appearances in games three, four, and five before the A's lost to the Dodgers. In the middle of the 1989 season, Cadaret was traded along with two other players to the New York Yankees for Ricky Henderson. He played in New York through the 1992 season before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds. He continued playing until the 2000 season before retiring with the Anaheim Angels.
Cadaret has coached all levels of baseball, including an American Legion team that went to the state finals in Yountville and Foothill High School, where they won three section championships. He managed the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League and ran the Redding Colt .45's, a summer collegiate team that brought in players from around the country, for 6 years. He spent 2011 and 2012 working for Comcast as a baseball analyst for the Oakland A's pre- and post-game TV broadcasts. Cadaret played college baseball at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., and was the first player ever drafted out of the university, which has become a national powerhouse in all Division II sports. He is spending 2014 summer in Michigan as the pitching coach for the Traverse City Beachbums of the Independent Frontier League.
Michael Becker - Assitant and Pitching Coach
Michael Becker was hired as the Simpson University’s men’s baseball pitching coach in December 2013. He played one year of baseball at Diablo Valley College and then received a scholarship to play at York College, a small NAIA Christian liberal arts school in central Nebraska. While at York, Becker assisted his team to a school-best 45-9 record. He was also second in school records for lowest ERA with a 2.38 and a Top 10 record holder for fewest walks per game. In the last year of his college career, he received the 2nd Team All-Conference Relief Pitcher award. After college, Becker played one of year semi-pro baseball in Europe for the Czech Republic. He also played three years of semi-pro baseball in Nebraska, where he earned Pitcher of the Year honors two out three years. He also won the MVP award in his first year. In 2012, Becker was selected to the Nebraska All-State Team.
Dan Tating - Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator
Dan Tating was hired as Simpson University's assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator in April of 2014. Dan was a standout catcher at Los Molinos High School, where he was a four-year varsity starter. After spending time playing at Shasta Community College and CSU Chico, Dan decided to focus on his career of teaching high school mathematics and coaching high school baseball.
Dan started his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Los Molinos High School and assistant coach with the Chico Nuts American Legion Baseball Program. After reviving the Westside Legion Baseball Program in Corning, Calif., where he led the Braves to an area tournament berth in his first year as head coach, he took a position as a head coach for the Chico Suns Junior Legion baseball team. In two years at Chico, Tating guided the Suns Red team to two area tournament berths.
In 2004, Tating accepted a full-time math teaching position at Foothill High School, where he also coached basketball and baseball. Dan coached freshman and JV basketball at Foothill for five years, while also spending two years as an assistant varsity baseball coach and three years as the head JV baseball coach. While coaching at Foothill, he was involved in three EAL league championships and two NSCIF section championships.
After spending two years as the head varsity baseball coach at Anderson High School, Tating started the South County Sun Devils summer baseball program in Shasta County in 2010. In four years with South County, Tating has taken the program from 15 players to 50 players. He has provided a place for players in Shasta and Tehama counties to develop their skills, while exposing them to the highest levels of competition possible. His South County program travels all over the West Coast, Southern California and Arizona, preparing players for the next level of baseball. He is proud that players from every team that he has coached have played some form of college baseball.
Dan resides in Dairyville with his wife, Veronica, and two sons, Dominic and Brevin.
Paul Barrington - Hitting Coach