Legendary Varsity Coaches
Bob Albo

Bob Albo

Bob Albo served Newport as its head baseball coach from 1972-83 and from 1992-96, compiling a 322-108 record. Under his leadership, Newport won six conference championships and three state titles (1976, 1978, and 1982). As a testament to the program's sustained excellence, 10 of his 16 teams finished either 4th or better in the state tournament. Beyond the dozens of all-league and college players he developed, 14 of his former players signed professional baseball contracts, four of whom reached the Major Leagues. No less than eight of his former players served as his assistant coach at Newport, several of whom became highly accomplished high school or college head coaches. His coaching peers voted him into the Washington State Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. He’s a legend on the field who has coached generations of baseball players to victory. On Saturday, March 24, 2012 retired Newport High School coach Bob Albo will throw out the first pitch at the baseball field named in his honor. Many of Coach Albo’s former players will gather to help dedicate “Bob Albo Field,” the first Bellevue School District property to be named after an individual.

For 30 years he was a highly respected math instructor, teaching the most challenging courses offered in the curriculum. He served as an assistant football coach for a decade. During the interim between his head baseball coaching tenures, Coach Albo served as Newport's Athletics Director from 1987-92. Further, he was a summer camp innovator, training youth league players and coaches for the betterment of youth baseball in Bellevue. Throughout his career, Coach Albo was one of the most sought after coaching clinician in the Pacific Northwest.

Players of Bob Albo drafted by Major League teams:

Ron Romanick – 1st Rd. 4th pick in 1981 by California Angels
Mike Campbell – 1st Rd. 7th pick in 1985 by Seattle Mariners
Joe Slaymaker – 2nd Rd. 27th pick in 1973 by Milwaukee Brewers
Travis Anderson – 2nd Rd. 80th pick in 1999 by Houston Astros
Scott Anderson – 7th Rd. 170th pick in 1984 by Texas Rangers
Cliff Pastornicky, 8th Rd. 197th pick in 1980 by Kansas City Royals
Greg Monda, 15th Rd. 368th pick in 1983 by Cincinnati Reds
Brent Blum, 16th Rd. 415th pick in 1985 by New York Yankees
Frank Lucarelli, 19th Rd. 451st pick in 1975 by Pittsburgh Pirates
Steve Routos, 25th Rd. 640th pick in 1982 by St. Louis Cardinals
Tom Gilchrist, 28th Rd. 694th pick in 1979 by Cleveland Indians
Marc Rittenhouse, 35th Rd. 1052nd pick in 2001 by Florida Marlins
Jeff Hooper, 36th Rd. 911th pick in 1987 by Seattle Mariners
Taylor Grant, 43rd Rd. 1277th pick in 1998 by Minnesota Twins

Players of Bob Albo who went on to have accomplished coaching careers:

Ron Romanick, Oakland A's / New York Mets
Brian Fischer, Newport HS / Notre Dame Prep HS
Rob Reese, Issaquah HS / Lakeside Recovery Sr Legion
Terry Agnew, Woodinville HS / Woodinville Legion
Scott McQuilkin, Whitworth Univ. and Penn State Univ.
Jim Simpkins, RC Winter Sr Legion
Mike Patterson, RC Winter Sr Legion
 
Brian Fischer

Brian Fischer

Brian Fischer was the Head Coach for 14 seasons 1997-2009. He skippered Newport to three State Titles (1997, 2001, 2006) and an overall record of 222-91-1 after replacing legendary coach Bob Albo in 1997 ... His commitment to the program has been instrumental in maintaining the tradition and making Newport's state of the art baseball facility what it is today. ... Fish spent 20 plus years during the Summer coaching Food Giant and Lakeside Senior Legion. ... He caught at Bellevue Community College ('85-87) and Central Washington University ('87-89). Brian and his wife Natalie reside in Phoenix, AZ along with their son Braden. Coach Fischer is currently the Head Baseball Coach at Notre Dame Prep in Scottsdale, AZ. In 2013 Notre Dame Prep won the State Championship and Coach Fischer was named Arizona 'Big Schools' Coach of the Year.

During his tenure at Newport 40 players went on to play college or professional baseball:

Brian Wood – Centralia CC
Marc Rittenhouse – Univ. of Washington – Marlins (A)
Will Kilmer – Central Wash. Univ.
Paul Snyder – Bellevue CC – Oklahoma City Univ.
Collin Perschon – Bellevue CC – LC State Univ. – drafted by Mets 13th RD.
Taylor Grant – Univ. of Washington – drafted by Twins 43rd RD.
Michael Cooney – Linfield Univ.
Sam Chamaty – Central Wash. Univ.
Gio Pupo – UNLV
Ryan Johannes – Pierce College
Mike Akana - Boise State
Panch Romero – Santa Clara Univ.
Lee Mezistrano – Bellevue CC – North Carolina St. Univ.
Tripper Johnson – Orioles (AA) – 32nd pick overall
Rommie Lewis – Blue Jays (Major Leagues) 4th round pick (Orioles)
Matt Johnson – Georgetown Univ.
Zach Franklin – Washington St. Univ.
Eric Dworkis – Gonzaga Univ. – Univ. of California – drafted by Giants 45th RD.
Jay Miller – Washington St. Univ. – Phillies (AA)
Jeff James – Bellevue CC – Univ. of Washington
Koji Pupo – UNLV
Randy Nash – Gonzaga Univ.
Jeff Miller – Washington St. Univ.
AJ Jorg – Shoreline CC – Univ. of Puget Sound
Greg Goetz – Bellevue CC – Reds (A) drafted 8th RD.
Josh Scofield – So. Nevada CC – Texas Tech Univ. – Univ. of Washington
Brandon Eslava – Shoreline CC
Jason Moseby – Bellevue CC – Western Oregon Univ. – drafted by Pirates 19th RD.
Matt Kutoff – Yakima Valley CC
Trent Henderson – Skagit Valley CC – drafted by Astros 37th RD.
Ben Harty – Skagit Valley CC – New Mexico St. Univ.
Brian Buckham – Bellevue CC – Chico St. Univ.
Dakota Resnik – Univ. of Puget Sound
Blake Gibbs - – Oregon St. Univ. - Chico St. Univ.
Collin Bennett - Tacoma CC – Univ. of Hawaii
CJ Dailey – Tacoma CC – Menlo College
Will Pierce - Tacoma CC – Menlo College
Brad Binder - Menlo College
Colin Herring - Bellevue CC
Ned Jones - Yakima Valley CC - Utah Valley St. Univ.
Brandon Andreini - Skagit Valley CC
Nate Eisenhauer - Pacific Lutheran Univ.