Jeff Halstead led the Loggers to a record-breaking season in his first year as Puget Sound's head coach. After spending the previous 14 seasons as an assistant coach for Logger baseball (and an assistant coach for the Puget Sound football program during that stretch), Halstead was named the Loggers' head coach in June 2014.
His inaugural season yielded a program-best 457 hits, which ranked No. 10 in the country by the end of the regular season. Puget Sound also placed five All-Northwest Conference members in 2015.
Halstead earned his B.A. in Business from Puget Sound in 2001, and he also earned his M.A.T in Education from Puget Sound in 2002.
Halstead had a historic collegiate career as an eight-time letter winner in baseball and football. Between the two sports, he earned six All-Northwest Conference selections, including four All-NWC First Team honors. He was also named to the All-West Region Second Team after setting a single-season Logger record with a .449 batting average in his senior season. His 66 hits that year also stands as the most by a Logger for a single season.
In all, Halstead set 14 records as a Logger. In regards to Puget Sound's all-time baseball leaders, Halstead ranks second in games played (148), fourth in runs (105), second in hits (180), and ninth in total bases (203). Most notably for football, he set the mark for receiveing yards in a season (a record that has since been broken).
A native of Clackamas, Oregon, Halstead was a standout student-athlete at Clackamas High School ('96), where he was an eight-time letter winner in both basebal, football, and basketball.
Halstead is married to former Puget Sound women's lacrosse coach Liana Halstead. They have one daughter, Tatum.
Coach Walz completed his 26th season with the Puget Sound baseball team in 2015. Walz is a graduate from Washington State University ('71) and worked with the legendary Bobo Brayton (former WSU coach) as an assistant coach. Coach Walz was the interim Head Coach at Puget Sound in 1995.
Josh Kalalau enters his third season as an assistant coach at Puget Sound. Kalalau works with the Logger hitters and infielders.
Kalalau is a native of University Place, Washington. He is a 2007 graduate of Curtis High School where he was team captain and a First Team All-SPSL infielder. Following his graduation from Curtis, Kalalau played shortstop at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon from 2008-2009. In 2009 he was appointed team captain, voted team MVP, and named to the Second Team All-NWAACC East All-Star Team. He then transferred to Seattle University where he played first base, third base, and outfield from 2010-2011. In 2010, Kalalau was awarded the Johnny Obrien Award, given out each year to the team’s leading offensive performer.
Kalalau began his collegiate coaching career at Seattle University in 2012, serving as an undergraduate assistant. In addition to his role at Puget Sound, Kalalau is in his fourth season as the head coach of the West Hills Vipers 18U select team in Poulsbo, WA. Kalalau graduated from Seattle University in 2011 with a degree in Liberal Studies.
Justin Gabriel enters his first season as an assistant coach at Puget Sound. Gabriel will work with the Logger pitchers.
Gabriel comes to Puget Sound following a three year stint as a student assistant coach at the University of Washington. Gabriel oversaw the Husky bullpen during his three seasons and helped lead the Huskies to a regional appearance in 2014.
As a player, Gabriel starred at Louisiana Lafayette as a left handed pitcher from 2000 – 2002. In 2000, Gabriel helped the Rajun Cajuns to a third place finish in College World Series in Omaha, NE as a starting pitcher. As a senior in 2002, Gabriel helped guide the Cajuns to a regional again, but they were unable to advance further. Following his career at Lafayette, Gabriel pitched in the Milwaukee Brewers organization before returning to Washington to complete his education and start his coaching career.
In addition to his role at Puget Sound, Gabriel as teaches private pitching lesson at Northwest Prospects Academy in Tacoma.
Cam Duvall enters his first season as an assistant coach at Puget Sound. In addition to his on-field duties, Duvall will assist in scouting for the Loggers.
Prior to Puget Sound, Duvall served as the Minor League Video Coordinator for the Seattle Mariners from 2011 – 2014. Working primarily with the Mariners AAA affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers, Duvall helped the Mariners develop scouting reports and created video analysis tools for team members.
Duvall, got his start in coaching at Steilacoom High School in Steilacoom, WA, serving as an assistant baseball coach for the Sentinels from 2012 – 2015.
As a player, Duvall was a standout pitcher at Puget Sound from 2008-2011. Duvall was used in many different roles for the Loggers, seeing success as both a starter and a relief pitcher. Duvall spent his summers pitching for the Seattle Studs in the Pacific International League, making multiple appearances in the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, KS.
Duvall graduated from Puget Sound in 2011 with a degree in Business.