The West Coast League, which plans to field a team in Yakima next summer, has hired a new president.
Dennis Koho, a Keizer, Ore., attorney who was instrumental in the construction of the stadium for the Northwest League’s Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, was announced as the league’s new boss on the WCL web site.
He succeeds Ken Wilson, a former sportscaster whose career included stints with the Mariners, who stepped down earlier this year.
Koho began his duties Monday, and the league’s headquarters have been moved from Portland to Keizer, Ore.
“My first order of business,” Koho said in a story on the WCL web site, “will be to meet each of the owners in person, tour their ballparks, watch their operations in action and listen to their visions for our future. Our goal is to firmly position the WCL as the premier summer collegiate league in North America.”
The Volcanoes moved from Bellingham to the Salem-Keizer area in 1997, at which time they moved into their new stadium. Koho was Keizer’s mayor from 1993-99 and presently is a member of the Keizer City Council.
The WCL, a summer league for college players, announced earlier this year that Yakima has been awarded a franchise which will be owned and operated by a group that runs the Walla Walla Sweets.
Plans are for the team to play in Yakima County Stadium.