CJ Perry was selected as the Northwest Conference Coach of the Year in only his second season as head coach at Whitworth. A Spokane native, Perry graduated from Whitworth with a Kinesiology degree and Secondary Education Certification in 2012.
Perry, now 44-35 overall, led Whitworth to the 2019 NWC regular season title with a 19-5 record, garnering the NWC Coach of the Year nod. The Pirates finished 27-15 overall after a 4-9 start and finished among the top five schools in all of NCAA Division III in team fielding percentage (.975) and in doubles (106). Perry guided the Pirates to a record of 17-20 in 2-18, his first season at the helm. Two of his players were then selected in the MLB draft: Hugh Smith in the sixth round by the Detroit Tigers and Joel Condreay in the 31st round by the Colorado Rockies. Smith was selected as the Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Year, while Condreay was named a second team Academic All-American and first team All-NWC honoree.
Perry previously served as the Pitching, Outfield and Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Pirates and assisted with all recruitingfor four seasons. In 2015 he received his CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) certification through NSCA.
In 2016 Perry's pitching staff led all of Division III baseball in walks allowed per nine innings (2.07) and freshman Hugh Smith earned first team All-NWC and ABCA All-West Region honors. Perry's 2016 staff posted Whitworth's lowest ERA (3.95) since joining the Division III level, eclipsing their previous best of 4.19 in 2015.
In 2015 he helped coach Dan Scheibe to an All-NWC season. Scheibe finished 9-3 with a 2.10 ERA, leading the NWC with 104 strikeouts. Scheibe threw a no-hitter against nationally-ranked Linfield in the opening game of the inaugural NWC Tournament, the first nine-inning no-hitter in Whitworth's metal bat era.
In 2009 he played summer baseball as a member of the Spokane Riverhawks of the West Coast League and served as the assistant coach for the Spokane Bandits AAA American Legion team. In the summer of 2011, Perry played for the Atwater Aviators of Merced County and helped pitch the Aviators to a second place finish in the Far West Collegiate Baseball League. During Perry’s senior year at Whitworth he was in the starting rotation for their NCAA Regional Championship team and was named All-NWC honorable mention as a starting pitcher.
Perry also serves as the Pitching Coordinator for the Club Spokane Dodgers organization.
Perry was a two time All-GSL Baseball selection at Gonzaga Prep and played for the Club Spokane Dodgers for two years in the summer while at G-Prep. CJ is married to his wife Alexis.
In 2015 Kyle Krustangel was named the Head Baseball Coach at Yakima Valley Community College in Yakima, Washington. Krustangel was a three year letter-winner at Whitworth and two time all NWC selection helped coach Whitworth to a Northwest Conference Tournament Championship and Regional Appearance in 2015. Kyle also played one year at Big Bend Community College and in the summer of 2008 he played for the Spokane Riverhawks in the West Coast League.
Krustangel has spent the past three years as a high school teacher at Bridgeport High School. He was the head varsity baseball coach all three years and was also the head varsity football coach. In the spring of 2014 Krustangel was named Coach of the Year in the North Central Washington 2B conference.
The last two summers Krustangel has served as the head coach of the Spokane Bandits AAA legion team. During the summer of 2015 Krustangel’s Bandits finished 3rd in the State of Washington.
Krustangel is a graduate of Whitworth where he earned his B.A. in history/social studies with his secondary education certificate. Krustangel was also a graduate of Joel E. Ferris high school in Spokane.