Snohomish High School didn’t have to look too far to find a replacement for its retired baseball coach. The job is staying in the Hammons family.
Nick Hammons was named as the Panthers’ new coach Wednesday, taking over for his father, Kim, who retired after the 2017 season, his 25th year at the helm.
“When the interview committee got together, its objective was find the best coach that it could possibly find,” said Snohomish athletic director Mark Perry. “It just turned out that the best person for the job happened to be in our back yard.”
Hammons is a 2007 graduate of SHS, where he starred on the baseball team. He went on to play for two years at Everett Community College and later attempted to walk on to the Washington State University baseball team. He graduated from WSU with a criminal justice degree in 2011, and is a security guard at Snohomish High School.
Hammons has been an assistant coach for the Panthers for the past five seasons, working with Snohomish’s pitchers. He’s also been a coach for the Laces Baseball Academy’s 19U select summer team.
“We interviewed a couple of great candidates, but Nick shined with his preparation, his passion for being the next coach and his love of the community he grew up in,” Perry said. “He’s excited to get started. He’s been an assistant in this program, so the kids know him, the community knows him, the people in the lower programs know him.”
Perry said Nick is like his father in some ways, but different in others.
“He’s a generation removed from (Kim), yet he was molded in a lot of the same philosophies and techniques,” Perry said. “He’s up-to-date on the current stuff in terms of baseball technology and those types of things. It’s a very good fit.”