By Sam Fisher
Stanford assistant baseball coach Dean Stotz ’75, the No. 2 coach behind head coach Mark Marquess for the past 37 seasons, retired from coaching Friday.
“I’ve had a phenomenal career. Stanford was great before I got here, and Stanford will be great after I leave,” Stotz told GoStanford.com. “My family has sacrificed an incredible amount to let me do what I love. It’s time, while we’re still capable, to live on my family’s terms.”
Under Stotz and Marquess, Stanford captured two College World Series titles — back-to-back in 1987 and 1988 — won the conference 12 times and won a total of 1,495 games.
Stotz’s role evolved over time, and as of last season, consisted primarily of recruiting, statistical analysis and running Stanford’s summer baseball camps, the last of which Stotz will continue to do after his retirement from the baseball program. Stotz also coached third base during the season.
“He is one of the best — if not the best — assistants in college baseball,” Marquess told GoStanford.com. “The key to our success over these last 37 years has been due to Dean. His ability to recruit and evaluate talent at the college level is the best I’ve ever come across.”
According to multiple sources, replacing Stotz in the Stanford dugout will be Ryan Garko ’03. Garko hit .350 with 39 home runs and 191 RBI in his time at Stanford and played six seasons in the majors for the Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers. Garko last played professionally during the 2012 season for the Tampa Bay Rays’ Double-A affiliate, the Montgomery Biscuits.