Bats erupt early for 10-2 win, WCC Championship berth
Mark Machtolf begins on his 13thseason as the Gonzaga University baseball head coach in 2016.
Machtolf, two-time WCC Coach of the Year (2013 and 2009), sits as the second-winningest coach in program history with a career 348-298-2 record. His .539 career winning percentage is also second-best all-time in Gonzaga history.
During his tenure as head coach of the Bulldogs, Machtolf has produced 62 All-WCC selections, nine All-WCC Freshman selections, three WCC Players of the Year, four WCC Pitchers of the Year, one WCC Defensive Player 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 28 players under Machtolf who have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft, including two first-round selections. Of those 28 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 Havana, 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.
Prior to being named head coach on Aug. 7, 2003, the Spokane native served 13 years as an assistant coach for the Zags. 2016 will represent his 26th 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, Steven and Jack.