Hertz Named Director of Athletic Relations

Aug. 7, 2003

SPOKANE, Wash. - Steve Hertz, the head baseball coach at Gonzaga University for 24 of his 26 years as a collegiate head coach, will relinquish his duties to assume the newly created position of Director of Athletic Relations for the Bulldogs.

Mark Machtolf, an 11-year assistant under Hertz and the associate head coach for the past four seasons, will replace Hertz as the new head coach.

Although there will be a transition period, both changes are effective immediately according to Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth who made the announcement at a Thursday press conference.

"The director of athletic relations is a position we have wanted to establish," Roth said. "With capital improvement projects such as the new arena and a new baseball facility, and our general athletic fundraising becoming more crucial, this position has become a necessity.

"There's nobody with a deeper affection for Gonzaga University, who has toiled for Gonzaga University and believes in the Zags spirit more than Steve Hertz," Roth said of the 1972 Gonzaga graduate. "He's going into this new position with the same tenacity he has shown for 29 years in the Zag baseball uniform."

Roth also said a successor to Hertz was automatic.

"Mark Machtolf is one of the brightest young baseball coaches in the country who is ready for the opportunity to run his own program. We're glad that opportunity came right here at Gonzaga," Roth said. "Mark earned this promotion and is being rewarded for what he has helped Gonzaga accomplish and for his loyalty and dedication to not only baseball but the department."

Hertz leaves after 24 seasons as head coach in the Bulldog dugout, compiling a 637-627-6 record. He also coached two seasons at UC-Irvine. Hertz leaves coaching with a 26-year record of 696-689-6. His 1978 and 1981 Gonzaga teams advanced to the NCAA Regional. Hertz began his association with Gonzaga as a player for the 1970-72 seasons. After three seasons in professional baseball, he coached two seasons at Cal Prep High in Los Angeles prior to returning to Gonzaga as an assistant coach in 1976. He became head coach of the Bulldogs in 1978, coached at UC-Irvine from 1979-80 and returned to Gonzaga for good for the 1981 season.

"I'm ready to turn the coaching reigns over. I wouldn't have made this decision unless there was somebody like Mark waiting in the wings. Bulldog baseball will continue in good hands. I'm excited about the future of Bulldog baseball, and I'm also enthused about my new responsibilities," Hertz said.

Machtolf is also humbled about the opportunity he inherits.

"It's every coaches dream to have his own program, but there's something special about becoming the head coach at a place you've already played a part in developing. Steve Hertz leaves the dugout a legend and a day won't go by that I won't remind our players and myself about what it means to be a Zag. Steve has instilled that in all of us.

"The foundation of Zag baseball won't change, but at the same time I will also put my signature on the program. I look forward to the challenge of maintaining the athletic and academic credibility of Bulldog baseball," Machtolf said.

Machtolf, a 1987 graduate of Stanford University who was an All-College World Series selection for the Cardinal's 1987 national championship team, was the Gonzaga hitting coach from the fall of 1987 through the 1990 season. Following one season as an assistant coach at Spokane's Whitworth College where he received his master's degree, Machtolf returned to his alma mater of Gonzaga Prep for four seasons, three as head coach. He returned to GU as a volunteer assistant then became a fulltime assistant in 1998 and associate head coach beginning with the 2000 season.

Machtolf and his wife Sheila have three sons - David (8-19-94), Steven (5-30-96) and Jack (6-28-98).

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