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Garko To Leave Stanford
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/12/2014
STANFORD, Calif. -- Ryan Garko will not return as an assistant coach with the Stanford baseball team for the 2014-15 academic year, Clarke and Elizabeth Nelson Director of Baseball Mark Marquess announced today. Garko cited opportunity to spend time with his family, including newborn son James and daughter Olivia, as the reason to pursue employment outside of baseball.

"I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time back at Stanford and will always remain passionate about the program and athletic department," said Garko.

"My family and I are looking forward to exploring opportunities outside of the game that have presented themselves over the past year. I will be forever thankful to Coach Marquess for the opportunity to join his staff. I would not be the husband, father, or have any of the opportunities I am currently exploring had he not given me the chance to attend Stanford and play for him. Working for him this year has meant no less.

"My greatest joy as a coach came while working with our players. What was accomplished on the field last year was a testament to all of their hard work and the incredible character they showed through good times and bad. I look forward to watching the team and cheering on all Stanford student athletes as I return to being a proud Stanford alumnus.

"As I leave the game, I would most like to thank my wife Christie for all of the sacrifices and support over our ten years in professional baseball and one year in coaching."

Garko was on staff for the 2014 season, helping guide the Cardinal to the NCAA Nashville Super Regional. He coached first base and tutored Stanford’s hitters that led the NCAA in home runs during the postseason with 10.

"I would not be the husband, father, or have any of the opportunities I am currently exploring had (Coach Marquess) not given me the chance to attend Stanford and play for him."
The 2003 Stanford graduate hit .350 with 60 doubles, 39 home runs and 191 runs batted, while leading some of the most successful teams in program history during his time on The Farm. The Cardinal went 199-69 (.743) and qualified for the College World Series in each of his seasons. He was selected to two CWS All-Tournament teams (2001, 2003) and was later named to the CWS Legends Team. 

Garko went on to play for three teams over the course of a five-year MLB career. More than two of those seasons were spent with the Cleveland Indians along with stints with the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers. He hit .275 in 463 career games, belted 55 home runs and drove in 250 runs while playing primarily at first base.


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