Building A Championship Team: Creating the Culture of Success

Thursday, August 10, 2023
Pat Casey

Pat Casey

Special Assistant to VP & Director of Athletics
Oregon State University


To build a winning team, it is all about finding great people, setting high standards and leading by example. When you bring in the right people, you can create a great culture.

Recruiting and selecting young people each year, that needed to buy into the vision and culture of the team, required committed leadership and insight. Pat Casey's success as a leader provides a great example of how employers can teach and coach employees to contribute to a winning culture.

Pat Casey is a proven leader who built a winner where many didn't believe it was possible. Considered one of the top coaches in college sports and most influential sports figures in the Pacific Northwest, he had a record setting run leading the baseball program at Oregon State to unparalleled success.

Pat created a culture where the leaders were expected to be at the same level we asked our players to be at, day in and day out. That expectation and commitment created a culture of excellence and success that is extending to alumni that continue to connect with each other as they make their way in life after baseball.

His teams won three national titles, including back-to-back championships, just the fifth program to do that in NCAA history. By claiming the title in 2006, the Beavers became the first "Northern" school to win it all. Casey was named the National Coach of the Year in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2017 and 2018. He was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2017.

After the 2018 championship, Casey retired after 24 seasons leading the Beavers. He compiled a 900-458-6 record in Corvallis and including his seven seasons at George Fox (Ore.), he went 1,071-572-7.

Drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1980, Casey has led an illustrious career in the stadium. There he would reach Class AAA with the Calgary Cannons and the Portland Beavers.

In 2010, he and his wife, Susan, were recipients of the Nell and John Wooden Coaching Achievement Award. The honor goes to a head coach and his spouse for their dedication to success on the field and in making an impact on the lives of their players.

The McMinnville, Oregon native remains at Oregon State as a Special Assistant to the VP & Director of Athletics.

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