Tapp hired as KHS baseball coach

KINGSTON — The search for a Varsity baseball coach at Kingston High School ended with the selection of Jeff Tapp.

Tapp, who coached the Junior Varsity team since the program began, was announced as Kingston's selection this week.

"We were very happy that things are going to work out with him," athletic director Dan Novick said.

Along with coaching JV, Tapp has coached consistently since 1995. He played baseball at Edmonds High School, Edmonds Community College and Central Washington University.

Tapp replaces Scott McKay, who resigned from the position after the 2010-11 season. He's not going into unknown territory. Tapp helped coach the Varsity team following the regular season, when JV's season ended and varsity went to the playoffs and State tournaments. The JV and Varsity teams often practice together as well.

With the success the Buccaneers varsity baseball team has had, Tapp said he will not be looking to make any drastic changes. The Bucs went to State the past two seasons and made it to playoffs since the program began.

Novick said if he was looking to change the direction of the program, he would not have hired Tapp. That, however, is not the case. Novick said Tapp is someone the players already respect, who knows the core values of the Buccaneer team.

"We're just going to come out and play Buc baseball," Tapp said. "Can't do much else than that. We justness to keep up with the tradition."

Baseball practice begins in less than two weeks. The first pre-season game is March 10 during a jamboree and Sumner High School.


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