Ian Sanderson is entering his first year as head coach of the Wenatchee AppleSox. He was hired on Sept. 19 to become the fifth head coach in team history.
Sanderson brings a championship-pedigree to the AppleSox. He has coached at Lower Columbia College since 2015 as an associate head coach and pitching coach. The Red Devils have won the NWAC in four of the last five seasons, including each of the last three seasons.
Sanderson spent the last two seasons as the Victoria HarbourCats’ pitching coach and led his staff to a 3.65 ERA, second-best in the West Coast League in 2019. Victoria defeated Wenatchee in the Northern WCL Division Playoff Series, before losing to the Corvallis Knights in the WCL Championship Series this past August. He now moves south to continue coaching in the WCL.
Prior to coaching at Lower Columbia, Sanderson was the pitching coach at the University of Antelope Valley for the 2015 season after spending 2014 as Kent Meridian High School’s head baseball coach.
Sanderson also carries previous summer-ball coaching experience besides his time with the HarbourCats. His West Coast League debut dates back to 2016 when he was the pitching coach for the Gresham Greywolves, who eventually left the WCL after the following season. In 2017, Sanderson served as the pitching coach for the Fort McMurray Giants of the Western Canadian Baseball League.
Sanderson and the AppleSox kick off the 21st season in team history in June, 2020. The West Coast League will announce its full schedule in November.
Nick Brooks is entering his first season as an assistant coach for the Wenatchee AppleSox. He was hired on Nov. 21.
Brooks graduated from Gonzaga in 2018 and played for the AppleSox in 2014. He currently is an assistant coach for Spokane Falls community college, specifically working with catchers and hitters.
Brooks returns to Wenatchee five years after playing for the AppleSox. The Auburn, WA, native hit .277 in 41 games and tied for the team lead with three home runs.
Brooks hit .242 in his four years at Gonzaga. His senior year, he hit .283 with eight home runs, 11 doubles and 20 RBI. Brooks led the Bulldogs with a .559 slugging percentage.
In high school, Brooks helped Auburn Mountainview win the 3A state championship. He hit .511 with four home runs and 42 RBI at the plate while also recording a perfect 11-0 record along with a 1.70 ERA in 12 appearances on the mound.
Following his time at Gonzaga, Brooks signed a professional contract with the Perth Heat in the Australia Baseball League for the 2018-19 season. Upon returning to the states, Brooks began his coaching career with the Spokane Expos covering their 16u program.
Branson Trube is entering his first season as an assistant coach for the Wenatchee AppleSox. He was hired on Jan. 13.
Trube will assist in offensive strategy, coach the infielders, head the analytics department and coach first base.
Trube graduated from Gonzaga in 2018 and is currently a graduate assistant with their baseball team. He hit .272 in his four seasons with the Zags. As a senior, Trube hit .289 with 8 home runs (tied, second) and 7 stolen bases (tied, first).
After graduating, Trube coached at Mountain View high school where he helped lead the Mavericks to a state championship. He then spent the next summer in Fairbanks, Alaska coaching the Alaska GoldPanners, working under former AppleSox assistant coach Miles Kizer (2015).
This summer will be a homecoming of sorts for Trube. He spent three years playing summer college baseball, including the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Yakima Valley Pippins of the West Coast League.