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.
Jeff Kuwahara - Catching Coach
Jeff Kuwahara was hired as Simpson University’s assistant men’s baseball coach in August 2013. He is a local high school graduate, who attended and played at Central Valley High School in Shasta Lake City, Calif. He played junior college baseball before moving to the north Bay Area, where he started his coaching career at Sonoma Valley High School. He was also the head coach of Sonoma's Joe DiMaggio Baseball Club and their American Legion baseball team. He spent six seasons with the Dragons as the bench and catching coach. During his time with the Dragons, they produced four semi-final NCS appearances, as well as one NCS title in 2008.
Paul Barrington - Hitting Coach