Season: Third Season
Coach Clanton took the reigns as the head coach for the Knights in 2016. From year one to year two, the Knights have seen as much or more improvement than anyone else in the NWAC. Improving the Knights record from 4-34 to 23-23 in just one year’s time, the 2018 Knights also saw 4 players sign Division 1 letters of intent, with 12 total sophomores moving onto four year institutions.
Clanton spent the two previous years as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. During his time as the pitching coach, six of his pitchers moved onto play at the four-year level, including CJ Gettman, who was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 2016 MLB draft.
From 2014-2016 ,Coach Clanton was the head coach of Coeur d’Alene Lumbermen, an American Legion team in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. During his three seasons at the helm, they made two state tournament appearances and had 21 players move on to play collegiately. Clanton spent 2011-2013 as a pitching coach in the program, helping lead the program to a state championship in his first year as a coach.
As a player, Clanton played four years at NAIA powerhouse Lewis-Clark State College under legendary coach Ed Cheff. Clanton finished his career 13-2 with 5 saves and a 3.5 ERA. He ended his career with the second most appearances in the school’s history, and was a member of four NAIA World Series rosters.
Zach graduated from Lewis-Clark State with a sports administration degree and a minor in coaching.