Bob MacDonald, Navy's baseball coach for the past seven seasons, announced his retirement yesterday, citing a wish to return to the Pacific Northwest.
This season, MacDonald won league Coach of the Year honors for the third time after Navy (24-20) won its third straight regular-season title.
Navy's season ended Sunday, when Army won the first two games of a best-of-three Patriot League championship series.
MacDonald came to Annapolis after 16 seasons at the University of Washington, where he led his alma mater to a 422-322-7 record in 11 seasons as head coach, including a 1992 NCAA appearance that was the school's first in 33 years.
MacDonald, whose uncle and brother graduated from the academy, arrived in 1993 to assist then-head coach Joe Duff, who retired after that season. McDonald leaves with a career record of 599-473-10.