Kassidy Gaines enters his second year as an intercollegiate coach with the Beavers in 2018. Gaines, a former minor league prospect, joins BSU after competing in the United Shore Professional Baseball League (USPBL) during the 2016 season. Gaines, a Twin Falls, Idaho native, has main responsibility on pitchers and catchers.
The Beavers finished with their most wins in three seasons after going 19-31 overall and 16-22 in NSIC play during the 2017 season. BSU made a final push to reach the NSIC postseason tournament, needing four wins in the final week of action. Bemidji State traveled to and swept No. 25 St. Cloud State but came two wins shy of the postseason tournament. Three Beavers were named to the All-NSIC team for the first time since 2013, which including junior Scott Litchy (First Team), sophomore catcher Gunner Olszewski (First Team) and senior Collin Eckman (Second Team).
In 2016, Gaines finished his first full season of minor-league baseball under his belt with the Utica Unicorns of the USPBL. He was among a league leader in several categories including finishing second in innings pitched (60.2) and second in wins (5), and he helped defeat the Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers 5-0 to claim the USPBL championship. Gaines also had a short stint with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association in 2015 and with the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League prior to his season in the USPBL.
Gaines served as an as assistant coach for the Aberdeen, S.D., American Legion team in 2015, taking over the responsibilities of renovating the pitching staff for the Smitty’s, which included a significant drop in a team ERA from 9.6 in the prior season to a 6.12 ERA in the summer of 2015 season, and the first appearance at the South Dakota State American Legion Statement since winning the championship in 2009.
In the spring of 2015, Gaines graduated from Northern State University with a degree in marketing. He played three years for the Wolves via junior college transfer after his freshman year at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, Wash. Gaines spent the majority of his career as one of the starters in the Wolves rotation while also seeing innings from the bullpen as a setup/closer role. He also played for two summer leagues during his college career, the Kitsap BlueJackets of the West Coast League in 2011 and the SoCal Outlaws of the Southern California Collegiate League in 2013.