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#28 Mark Machtolf
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Stanford University, 1987
Experience: 11 Years

Mark Machtolf embarks on his 11th season as the Gonzaga University baseball head coach in 2014.

Just two wins away from his 300th victory, Machtolf will look to lead the defending West Coast Conference regular-season champions into national prominence once again.

Machtolf, two-time WCC Coach of the Year (2013 and 2009), sits as the second-winningest coach in program history with a career 298-241-2 record. His .550 career winning percentage is also second-best all-time in Gonzaga history.

The Bulldogs have had seven seasons with 30 wins or more under Machtolf including last year’s 32-21-1 record. The Zags blew through the WCC en route to an 18-6 league record in 2013 which gave them the top seed at the first ever WCC Baseball Championships in Stockton, Calif. Marco Gonzales was named Co-WCC Player of the Year for the second-time in his career while Tyler Olson took home WCC Pitcher of the Year accolades. Both Gonzales and Olson were drafted in the 2013 MLB draft last summer; Gonzales in the first round to the St. Louis Cardinals and Olson in the seventh by the Seattle Mariners.

During his tenure as head coach of the Bulldogs, Machtolf has produced 54 All-WCC selections, seven All-WCC Freshman selections, three WCC Players of the Year, four of the last five WCC Pitchers of the Year and one WCC Freshman of the Year. In addition, Machtolf has coached six All-American selections, three freshman All-Americans, two academic All-Americans, three All-West Region selections, two United States Baseball National Team members and the 2013 College Baseball Hall of Fame’s John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year winner.

There have been 21 players under Machtolf who have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft, including two first-round selections. Of those 21 players drafted, 10 were picked in the first 10 rounds of their respective drafts.          

The Bulldogs made the NCAA tournament under Machtolf in 2009 after capturing the program’s inaugural WCC regular-season and championships series titles. The Zags posted a 19-10 win over Georgia Southern University at the NCAA Regional before falling in a pair of games to No. 2 national seeded and regional host Cal State Fullerton and the University of Utah. Gonzaga went on to earn a No. 22 national ranking in Baseball America's final season poll after posting the school's third consecutive 30-win season for the first time since 1980-82. The 36 wins last year were the most by a Bulldog team since the 1990 season.

Machtolf was also instrumental in the construction of Gonzaga's new state-of-the-art facility, Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field which opened in 2007. Machtolf assisted with the guidance of the project that helped create the new home of Bulldog baseball.

In the summer of 2006, Machtolf was named one of the assistant coaches for the USA Baseball Team. Under Machtolf's guidance, the National Team posted a 28-2-1 record, including going a perfect 8-0 at the Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU) World Championships in Havanna, Cuba. The .919 win percentage for the season was the best ever posted by a USA Baseball collegiate team and the tournament win was the inaugural title for a USA Baseball National Team in Cuba.

In his first season as head coach, Machtolf guided Gonzaga to a 16-11 record in WCC play and a 24-27 overall record for the 2004 season. He also placed three players on the All-WCC first team including catcher Kiel Thibault, who was named the WCC Player of the Year.

Prior to being named head coach on Aug. 7, 2003, the Spokane native served 13 years as an assistant coach for the Zags. 2014 will represent his 22nd season with Gonzaga.

In 1996, Machtolf returned to the Bulldog dugout as a volunteer coach and was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 1998 season. Prior to becoming head coach Machtolf's primary responsibilities were working with Zags hitters and coaching the outfielders. He also served as Gonzaga's recruiting coordinator.

Machtolf entered the coaching ranks as the hitting coach at Gonzaga for the 1987-88 season and worked with the Zags until the completion of the 1990 campaign. Following one season as an assistant coach at Whitworth College, Machtolf accepted the head coaching position at Gonzaga Prep and coached through the 1995 season.

A 1987 graduate of Stanford University, Machtolf was a member of the Cardinal 1987 College World Series championship team and was an All-CWS selection. A four-year baseball letterman and two-year football letterman, Machtolf received his B.A. in history in 1987. He received a Masters of Education degree in 1990 from Spokane's Whitworth College.

Machtolf and his wife Sheila have three sons – David (a freshman on the team this year), Steven and Jack. 

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