28 Mark Machtolf
First pitch in the conference tournament starts Thursday, May 25, at 3:00 p.m.
Six Bulldogs earn All-Conference recognition, including three Second Teamers
Zags fall 9-2 to Fresno State; postseason play begins Thursday
Gonzaga beats BYU 6-2 for share of title, No. 1 seed at WCC Championships
Bats erupt early for 10-2 win, WCC Championship berth
Mark Machtolf begins on his 15th season as the Gonzaga University baseball head coach in 2018.
Machtolf, three-time WCC Coach of the Year (2009, 2013, 2017), sits as the second-winningest coach in program history with a career 417-339-2 record. His .551 career winning percentage is also third-best all-time in Gonzaga history.
During his tenure as head coach of the Bulldogs, Machtolf has produced 94 All-WCC selections, including 11 First Team All-Conference selections, 11 Freshman All-WCC selections, five WCC Pitchers of the Year, four WCC Players of the Year, one WCC Defensive Player of the Year and one WCC Freshman of the Year. In addition, Machtolf has coached 14 All-American selections, four Freshman All-Americans, three Academic All-Americans, eight 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 38 players under Machtolf who have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft, including two first-round selections. Of those 38 draftees, 14 were picked in the first 10 rounds of their respective drafts. Five of Machtolf’s former players have reached the big leagues
The Bulldogs have twice made the NCAA Tournament under Machtolf, most recently in 2016. The Zags earned their first-ever at-large bid to the tournament last year, finishing with a 36-21 record and a share of the WCC regular season title. Gonzaga opened the Fort Worth Regional with a 5-1 win over Arizona State. Just a week earlier, the Zags reached the title game of the WCC Tournament for the first time in the competition’s four-year history.
The Bulldogs also reached the NCAA Tournament in 2009. That year, the Zags captured the program’s first WCC regular-season and championships series titles. They began NCAA Regionals with a 19-10 win over Georgia Southern University 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. Both seasons’ 36 wins are the most by a Bulldog team since 1990.
Besides the league titles in 2009 and 2016, Machtolf has led the Zags to two other WCC crowns, in 2013 and 2017. In 2013, Machtolf led the Bulldogs to another WCC regular season title after going 32-21-1. They went a then-program best 18-6 in conference play and captured the top seed in the conference tournament. In 2017, Gonzaga won a school-high 20 conference games en route to a 20-7 record and a share of first place. They won five of six games against fellow co-champions Loyola Marymount and BYU during the final two weeks of conference play to do so, sweeping BYU for the first time ever during the process.
In addition to guiding the Zags to the postseason and to league titles, Machtolf was also instrumental in the construction of Gonzaga's new state-of-the-art facility: Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Machtolf assisted with shaping the new home of Bulldog baseball, which opened in 2007.
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 posted by a USA Baseball collegiate team and the tournament win was another first 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. This is his 28th season on the Gonzaga staff.
Machtolf entered the coaching ranks as the hitting coach at Gonzaga for the 1988 season and worked with the Zags until the completion of the 1990 campaign. Following one season as an assistant coach at Spokane’s Whitworth College (now University), Machtolf accepted the head coaching position at Gonzaga Prep and coached through the 1995 season. While at Prep, he volunteered with Gonzaga for two seasons before returning to the Zag dugout fulltime in 1996. He was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 1998 campaign and earned the head job six years later.
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 Whitworth.
Machtolf and his wife Sheila have three sons – David, Steven and Jack.
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