Lake Oswego Baseball has become one of the top high school baseball programs in the state of Oregon and is led by Head Coach Jake Anders. Coach Anders is entering into his 22nd year as the Lakers head coach.
After graduating from high school in Montana (89') Coach Anders attended Evangel University to play football and baseball, after being sent to College of Southern Idaho by the St. Louis Cardinals, he was put in the amateur draft by the same club in 1991. He then finished college at Lewis and Clark in 93' playing both football and baseball for local greats, Tom Smythe and Gerry Gatto. Coach Anders finished his playing career making the NAIA National Playoffs 3 years and the JUCO Regional Tournament once for baseball. Coach Anders was NCIC All-Conference at Lewis and Clark College in baseball and Heart of America All-Conference at Evangel for football. He gave up a chance to play professionally in Australia to start a family. Jake has three girls, McKenna (20), Taylor (18) and Kate (15).
Coach Anders began his career in Kalispell Montana where he coached his alma mater for one year in 1994. After taking a leave to work for 3M, Jake began coaching again for Dave Gasser at Lakeridge High School in 1997 through 98. He took over the Lake Oswego Program in the summer of 1998. Under Coach Anders the Lakers have been to the state playoffs 14 times, culminating in 2004 with the school's first league title in 38 years and the first State Championship in the school's history. Under Coach Anders the Lakers have won 9 Three Rivers League Championships, 5 Quarter Finals, 2 Semi-Finals, 1 State Championship (2004). Since 1951 when the LOHS opened, no other coach in the in the history of LOHS Baseball has won a playoff game. Coach Anders has been the Three Rivers League Coach of the Year in 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2016 and the State of Oregon Coach of the Year in 2004. His career record in Oregon is 373-207-1. He is currently an executive board member on the Oregon High School Baseball Coaches Association, Oregon Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, NW Prep Baseball Association and the coordinator for the 5A/6A Oregon All-Star Series,
Integrating intensity, hard work, and love for the game and kids, is what Coach Anders has used to build a program that the kids are invested in. "Passion, Commitment, and Excellence" is key phrase for life with Coach Anders and his program as he tries to instill that positive attitude and work ethic in his players. "We want our kids to take ownership in the program and the life lessons it teaches". These are the philosophies that run the program and Coach Anders hopes that they will be able to take their experiences and apply them to their own lives long after they are done playing Laker Baseball.
Coach Van Hoon enters his 6th year with the Laker staff. Van Hoon is an alumni of Lake Oswego, graduating in 2008. A two sport athlete, baseball and football, Van Hoon was a 2x pitcher of the Year in the TRL while receiving all state honors as a two way player in his 4 years with the Lakers. He went on to play baseball in college for the Boxers of Pacific University, in Forest Grove. His time there helped the school win its first conference championship in 32 years. Van Hoon received the honors of being named to the Rawlings All-West Region team his senior year as well as being named the first team All Northwest League utility. Jared then went on to play in Colorado, and Seattle where he was a part of the first NBC World Series championship for the Seattle Studs in 2013. In 2014, Van Hoon coached at Pacific University where he was the boxers junior college recruiter and camp director. In 2016, Van Hoon went on to play professionally in Australia. He helped the Sunshine Baseball Club win their first championship in 12 years and was asked to return in 2017/2018 as the head club coach as well as their import. He lead the Eagles to their strongest season yet in division one (AUS) and was asked to manage the West in the “East vs West All Star game for Baseball Victoria. Jared resides in Lake Oswego and truly enjoys working with the future of baseball and developing quality men along the way
Coach Sheldon begins his 21st year coaching baseball and 2nd full season with the Lakers, with previous experience coaching t-ball to college aged players. A native Californian, Coach Sheldon's playing days ended in college with injuries associated with pitching. However, his injuries quickly led him to coaching, mainly pitchers and catchers. Coach Sheldon is also a coach and board member for Lake Oswego Little League, and he is also the LOPD School Resource Officer for the school district.
Coach Moir grew up in Lake Oswego and graduated from Lake Oswego High School in 1996. He was a four year starter at 1B, one year at Lakeridge HS and three years at LOHS. He was selected 2nd Team All-League as a Freshman and 1st Team All-League Sophomore, Junior and Senior year. Coach Moir led the Three Rivers League in batting avg his Junior and Senior year. He hit a league high of .521 his Senior year. His career batting avg at LOHS was .467.
After high school he played at Ventura CC and then moved up north to play at Chico St. He played in several semi pro leagues in West Palm Beach, FL while he was an instructor at The Bucky Dent Baseball School.
Once his playing days concluded, he started coaching at LOHS in 2000. Along with coaching at LOHS, he coached Lake Oswego Little League for 5 years. Notable players on his LIttle League All Star teams were NBA All Stars, Klay Thompson and Kevin Love. Coach Moir has been coaching at LOHS for 19 seasons. He started as the Head Freshman Coach for a couple years, spent a year as the Varsity hitting Coach and has been the Head JV Coach ever since.
Coach Moir's highlight as a Laker Coach has been being part of the staff during the State Championship run in 2004 and coaching his teams to two consecutive Future summer titles in 2015 and 2016 with Coach Taylor. #RIPTCM
Grant graduated from Lake Oswego High in 2012. While playing baseball, he was a three-year letter winner for the Lakers and a pre-season All-American as a senior. Taylor landed on the Oregon 6A All-State First Team in 2011 after garnering second team All-State honors as a sophomore and was named the Three Rivers League Player of the Year following his junior campaign and he was a two-time selection to the All-League first team. Lakers advanced to the Oregon 6A playoffs in 2012. Grant played on the 2011 State Championship football team for the Lakers and earned three letters in football, garnering All-League honors as a linebacker. He played 4 years of baseball at the University of Portland, had over 50 starts for the Pilots and was an integral part of the outfield there. He has been on the Laker baseball staff during the summer and spring for 3 years.
Coach Gallagher graduated from Lake Oswego High School in 2012, where he was a two-year letterman for Coach Jake Anders. He graduated from Oregon State University in the Spring of 2016, majoring in business with a concentration in finance. He is entering his third year with the Lake Oswego coaching staff and is looking forward to another year working with Coach Moir and Coach Taylor. He is excited for the opportunity to teach the players about Lake Oswego’s rich baseball tradition. Coach Gallagher’s most cherished baseball memory was playing for Lake Oswego in the 2007 Little League World Series.
Joe Clark – Freshman Head Coach
Coach Clark graduated from Lake Oswego High School in 2009 where he was a three-year letterman as a 1st baseman, 1st team All-League and 3rd team All-State as a senior playing for Coach Anders. After high school, Coach Clark graduated from the University of Oregon. He is entering his fourth season coaching the freshman baseball team and is excited about the opportunity to help teach the core values of the baseball program to the young players at Lake Oswego, promoting personal growth both on and off the field. Outside of coaching, Coach Clark works as an economic consultant in Portland and enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling and photography.
Coach Wesner graduated LOHS in 2008 where he was a three-year letter winner for Coach Anders holding down 1st base. Named First Team All-League in 2007, he was later honored the Baseball Northwest Championship MVP, tabbed the No. 3 prospect in Oregon and No. 9 in the Northwest. On the football field, he was named First Team All-State Tight End, however, due to political landscape of the selection committee, was snubbed 1st Team Defense honors and placed on the Honorable Mention All-State list as an Outside Linebacker. Post high school, this beautiful vagabond journeyed on to play baseball at a few universities – signing with Oregon State out of high school, he later upgraded to play at the College of Southern Idaho, and ultimately, taking his talents down to THE University of North Florida. As a first-year coach, Michael, is thrilled to be back at LO coaching the game that he loves with his former teammates/coaches. Voted most likely to have the best eyes by his peers, you can find him moving and shaking up the corporate ladder at local retail giant, Nike Inc. Although, not without his faults, his biggest fear is snow blindness in cats. When asked to comment on his newest coaching addition, Head Varsity Coach, Jake Anders, was quoted, “he’s the son I never had. I couldn’t be prouder of the young man he has become, I love him with all my heart…[the] prodigal son has returned”.