We are honored to have Frank Smith as Eastlake HS’ Head Coach, who will bring new insight to Eastlake and the baseball community! Coach Smith was Eastlake’s 2015 JV Coach, with a season record of 17-3.
Frank Smith’s experience includes playing at the collegiate level, coaching at the high school and youth levels, as well as an accomplished personal fitness and team sports trainer, and owner of FM Sports, LLC in Redmond, WA.
His athletic attributes include former all around football player and infielder at Oak Harbor HS, earning first team All-Wesco 2x in baseball and first team All-Wesco in football as a senior.
Following High School, Coach Smith attended Washington State University where he continued his passion for baseball, graduating with a degree in physical education and history.
Coach Smith is also Head Coach of the FM Sports 16U team and General Manager of FM Sports Baseball Club which has 7 teams (13U, 14U, 15U, 15U green, 16U and 18U).
His coaching experience includes 12 years with FM Sports Baseball Club 2004-present), 5 years at Inglemoor HS, including 2 KingCo titles and the school’s first ever #1 state ranking “2009” (2007-2012).
Marc Linn joins Frank Smith’s coaching staff this season at Eastlake HS as the assistant varsity coach.
Linn spent the previous five seasons as the Interlake Saints Head Coach. In his first two seasons (2011, 2012) he guided the team to the WIAA State Regionals. He was also named the KingCo 3A/2A Coach of the Year in 2011. The 2011 WIAA State appearance was the school’s first trip since winning it all in 1986. Under his guidance at Interlake, he has had 1 player drafted in the MLB draft (Sam Finfer), 4 division 1 players, 3 division 3 players, and 7 community college players. He also had 1 All-State player and 8 All-KingCo selections.
Prior to coming to Interlake, Linn spent 8 seasons 2003-2010 as the Head Coach at Sultan High School. He also led the Turks to their First ever WIAA State appearance in 2004. He was led by All State and All-Cascade Conference selection Cliff French. In his 8 seasons, he had 1 Division 1 player and 4 Community college players.
Before arriving at Sultan High School, Linn served as the assistant head coach at Homedale High School in Idaho 2001. He also spent two seasons with the Lewiston/Clarkston Legion organization 1999-2000.
Linn started his coaching career at Potlatch High School 1995–1998 in Potlatch, Idaho. He was given his first coaching opportunity after finishing as a baseball player for the University of Idaho on their club team. He was also the Head Football Coach in 1997.
Linn graduated from the University of Idaho BS Education in 1998, and graduated with a Master’s in the Education Technology program in 2004. Linn is currently teaching Health and Fitness at Odle Middle School in Bellevue.
He has two sons Charlie and Aaron.
Taylor Nakamura is entering his 8th year coaching high school and competitive summer ball. He has coached all levels of baseball at Inglemoor HS and now at Eastlake HS this season as the JV coach.
Taylor played four years of collegiate baseball at Everett CC & Dakota State University. He has always held a strong passion for the game and loves to share his knowledge and expertise with the youth.
After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Central Washington University, he worked as an Exercise Specialist at a physical therapy clinic for three years. While working full time, Taylor also completed his Master of Science in Human Movement from A.T. Still University.
After receiving his Master’s degree, Taylor was hired by the Seattle Mariners as a Performance Specialist Coach to train the Minor League & some Major League ball players. He was with the Mariners for three years at numerous levels of the Minor League affiliates, also training Mariner’s players out of Safeco Field during the off-season. Two MLB players that Taylor has trained at FM during the off-season include: Carter Capps, of the Miami Marlins and Steven Baron of the Seattle Mariners.
Jerry Fowlkes joins Eastlake this season as the C Team Coach. Coach Fowlkes has coached baseball for over 15 years, and has been head coach for teams spanning from Little League up to 17U select baseball in Washington State. Many of his players were Eastlake kids, and a majority of his select team went on to play for Eastlake High School.
Most recently Coach Fowlkes has been involved with Eastlake Little League helping build their Big Field Programs. In the process, he has coached players, ages 13 to 18 on 5 different teams within that program, including the 2015 District 9 Champion Juniors All Star team. Coach Fowlkes also has experience coaching youth basketball as well as youth soccer, where he led a team to two consecutive no loss seasons and a Washington state title.
We welcome Chris Tamminen as a varsity volunteer assistant coach to Eastlake Baseball this season. Coach Tamminen spent 11 seasons as the Skyline Spartans Head Baseball Coach.
Coach “Tambo” as he likes to be called, played baseball at Sammamish High School and was a Pitcher and Outfielder. He is married to his wife Kirstin and has three children.
In his spare time, he enjoys hunting and fishing and does his best at playing golf. Coach Tambo’s favorite quote: “Pain is just fear leaving the body.”