The Yakima Valley Pippins announced Tuesday that manager Marcus McKimmy has agreed to helm the team next season.

With McKimmy in the dugout in the Pippins' first season, Yakima won the West Coast League's Eastern Division title with a 35-19 record (39-21 for the season), becoming the first WCL expansion team to make the playoffs.

“Marcus is one of the best coaches in the Pacific Northwest,” said Zachary Fraser, president of Pacific Baseball Ventures, owners of the Pippins. “His connections within the Yakima Valley community and collegiate baseball, his knowledge of the game, and our shared passion for continuing to develop Pippins baseball into a destination franchise in the West Coast League make this opportunity to continue to work together an exciting one.”

"From the front office, to players between the lines, we set the bar very high in our expansion year,” said McKimmy. “I am very happy to build on what we accomplished in 2014. The coaching staff and I are working diligently to assemble an even better roster of talent every day. The challenge to compete for a WCL title and another division championship is something I take very seriously and am very much looking forward to. It's a great day to be a Pippin."

McKimmy is also the head baseball coach at Yakima Valley Community College.