Head Coach: Tate Seefried
This is Coach Tate Seefried’s sixth year as Head Baseball Coach at Bellevue High School and tenth season with the program. In his inaugural 2016 season at the helm, Coach Seefried's Wolverines showed one of the strongest defenses in the State with a 2.66 season ERA and .950 Fielding Percentage within the highly competitive KingCo 3A League whose teams have gone on to win the WIAA Baseball State Championship for two consecutive years.
Tate’s baseball career started to take off at El Segundo High School where he rewrote the school record book with 13 home runs, 50 RBIs, 55 hits, and 44 runs scored as a senior. He was voted league MVP and 1990 California State Player of the Year after helping lead his team to their second consecutive Camino Real League Title. Following his senior year in 1990, Seefried was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 3rd round. Seefried played nine seasons of professional baseball including three years on the Yankees major league roster. He was the 1997 New York Mets minor league player of the year.
Seefried has served as a High School and Club coach since his retirement and shares his passion for the game with his wife Molly and young sons Maxwell and Elliot. He enjoys spending his downtime with them and getting out for golf when he can.
Coach Seefried enjoys being a part of every Wolverine player's baseball journey to improve academically, athletically, and personally.
Pitching Coach: Brad Peterson
Brad is entering his fifth year at Bellevue High School and his 41st year in coaching overall. Brad was the first player to play in the State All-State game as a Senior at Evergreen High School in Vancouver, WA. Brad went on to live his lifetime goal of playing baseball at the University of Washington. He also walked on and played football for the Huskies in his fifth year as a Husky, while at the same time earning his teacher certification.
Following his playing career, Brad immediately went in to coaching, with his initial goal of preparing players to play in college. Brad was an amateur scout for 4 years for the New York Yankees.
Brad has coached at high schools in Issaquah, Juanita, Ingraham, and Mt. View in Vancouver. He started the Eastside Huskies Baseball Club in 2000, ages 9u-15u, with the goal of enabling youngsters to get ready to play at the highest level when entering high school. Brad also has the pleasure of coaching with his son Troy, Head JV Coach at Bellevue.
Brad is the Varsity pitching coach and has an extensive background in hitting instruction as well.
Brad loves to walk, lift weights, hike, bike, and kayak with his wife Sheila.
Message to players: Prepare every day, throw, long toss and hit, hit, hit.
JV Coach: Troy Peterson
Troy Peterson is in his sixth year as Head Junior Varsity coach. 2016 was his first year with Bellevue High School Baseball, serving as the Head C-team Coach and leading his team to a successful 12-5 season.
A 2010 Interlake High School Alum, Peterson was a 3-year letterman on the mound and played under the tutelage of Pete Wilkinson at Wilkinson Academy. Following High School, Peterson played two seasons of college baseball for Green River Community College.
Peterson was named most outstanding pitcher attending a Tom House pitching camp, with House widely considered the "Father of Modern Pitching Mechanics"
Currently the 14U coach with Eastside Huskies Baseball Club, Peterson has spent most of his life in the game of baseball and enjoys sharing his passion for the game and pitching expertise with avid ballplayers.
C Team Coach: Bill Baxter
Bill Baxter is coming into his second year as C-Team coach.
Bill’s playing history is long and various. He played three years of varsity baseball in high school at Nicholas Senn public school In Illinois, then on to college ball at Wright Jr. Community for two years, and the 3rd season as a walk-on at Southern Ill. University. Bill also played for three seasons in a semi-pro league with the Chicago Stars, an independent Midwestern league single-A team.
Bill has spent lots of years coaching through the ranks, including over twenty years at the youth level (both in Chicago and Washington) as well as high school ball and many years in the adult police baseball leagues in Chicago.
Bill was Eastlake's head JV coach in 2019.
Bill has continued to assistant coach and play in the Puget Sound Senior baseball league since moving here in 2010. This last season winning the division title in the 60 and over bracket.
He retired from the Chicago Police department in 2008, having served the city honorably for over 20 years. He served as a field training officer for twelve years and was awarded three department commendations for bravery and cited with several community-based awards and letters of recognition for outstanding performance in the line of duty.
Bill is 61 years old and is the father of three sons, Scott, 37, Ryan 28, & Connor 18. He has married to his wife Tobi for 21 years and lives in Snoqualmie.
Message to players:
“I am an old school baseball guy, who has managed, coached, and played at various levels of the game for over 30 years. I am also a student of the game.
My baseball bibles are the Mental Game of Baseball, and Ted William's book The Science of Hitting. I have taught these ideals with great results, swear by their application as being age-old rock-solid knowledge. I teach the fundamentals, constantly reinforcing them.
Doing the little things well and building up from there along with hard work, dedication, commitment, and with a little luck, you can go a long way in the game of BASEBALL”!