Embery takes reins of Green River Baseball

Brian Embery

Auburn, WA — Following last week’s decision by Tanner Swanson to pursue an assistant coaching position at the University of Washington, the Green River athletic department announced that Brian Embery will move from his head position as the Gator softball coach to become the new leader of the GRCC baseball program.  Meanwhile, last year’s assistant coach, Billy Boyer will be promoted to Associate Head Baseball Coach in the new organization.

With thirty-four years of baseball coaching experience, Embery has previously coached at NCAA Division II Emporia State University (1987-2003) where his teams earned 458-320 record in his 16 year stint with the Hornets.  A five time MIAA Coach of the Year award recipient, Embery began his coaching career in the NWAACC at Big Bend Community College (1985-87).  However he first became familiar with the NWAACC when he played for Ron Hopkins on the 1975 NWAACC Championship team for Green River. 

Coach Boyer joined the GRCC program in 2010 after spending a season with Tacoma CC.  Coach Boyer is well connected in the South Sound baseball community and will be responsible for recruiting coordination and infield player development. Drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 19th round of the 2003 MLB draft out of Enumclaw High School as a shortstop, Boyer played minor league baseball into 2007 and was elevated to AAA in Salt Lake City before retiring.

“The wealth of coaching and playing experience available to the GRCC baseball program in these two men will provide a foundation of success for many aspiring student athletes,” said athletic director Bob Kickner.  “Coach Embery is well suited to develop a successful program at GRCC, and the opportunity to invest in the coaching career of Coach Boyer will be beneficial to all involved in Gator baseball.  This is an exciting time to be a Gator.”