EAST WENATCHEE — Former WVC head baseball coach Darren Hoff will take over the Eastmont baseball program this coming season, pending School Board approval, after he was named the Wildcats new head coach in a press release from Eastmont Athletic Director Russ Waterman Monday afternoon.

Hoff replaces longtime coach Brandon Schmitten, who has served as the Wildcats head coach since 2005.

Hoff was selected by a committee of administrators, coaches and parents and brings a wealth of baseball knowledge as a player and coach. Hoff was the head baseball coach at Walnut High School in California from 2000 to 2012 and prior to that, was the headman at WVC from 1995 to 2000.

Hoff also played professionally from 1986 to 1991 with the Salt Lake City Trappers, the Butte Copper Kings, the Brisbane Indians (Australia) and the Verona Arsenals (Italy).

Hoff returns to the Wenatchee Valley with his wife Cynndie and daughter Riley.

“Coming back to the Wenatchee Valley after nearly 20 years feels like coming home,” Hoff said of the opportunity. “I am humbled by the support of so many who helped facilitate my return, and I am excited to be involved with this incredible community once again. Most of all, I look forward to the coming seasons of the Eastmont High School baseball program as we all work together to become better players, better teammates and better men.”

The Wildcats finished with a (9-13) record last season and haven’t made state since 2010 when they reached the quarterfinals.