STANFORD, Calif. – Dean Stotz has retired from his role as Stanford baseball associate head coach, as announced Friday by Clarke and Elizabeth Nelson Director of Baseball Mark Marquess.
“I’ve had a phenomenal career. Stanford was great before I got here, and Stanford will be great after I leave,” Stotz said. “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.”
What began for Stotz with a nine-month coaching contract prior to the 1977 season evolved into a nearly four decade career with the Cardinal. Stanford and Marquess’ top lieutenant for 37 seasons, Stotz was regarded throughout all levels of baseball as one of the finest coaches, recruiters and persons the game has seen.
“You don’t realize the effect you have on the players’ lives until you get down the road,” Stotz said. “My father told me many years ago, ‘The quality of your life is going to be based on the quality of your relationships.’ That has been embedded in my mind for a long, long time. The relationships I’ve been able to foster with the Stanford community and the baseball world have been remarkable.
“I do not have one regret. I’ve seen many players go on to be successful in life. I’m just as proud of seeing a guy go on to become a good citizen, father and husband than going on to become a major leaguer.
“I have lived one of the greatest lives.”
A 1975 graduate of Stanford with a degree in economics, Stotz began his coaching career as an assistant at Cosumnes River College in 1976 after playing two years at Stanford and two at Sacramento City College.
Comprising one of the longest active coaching tandems in the country, Stotz and Marquess teamed up to lead the Cardinal to a pair of College World Series titles (1987, 1988), three national runner-up finishes, 14 appearances in Omaha, six NCAA Super Regional triumphs, 17 NCAA Regional titles and 12 conference crowns.
The Cardinal went to 28 NCAA regionals and won 1,495 games with Stotz on board. Fifty-six former student-athletes reached the majors since Stotz arrived on The Farm, and 47 of those earned their degrees.
“We’re excited for Dean, and he has a well-earned retirement,” Marquess said. “We’re saddened to see him go, but he has been a great asset to Stanford University and the Stanford baseball program.
“He is one of the best – if not the best – assistants in college baseball. They 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.”
Stotz was involved in all phases of coaching in his expansive role on the staff. He most recently served as the team’s lead recruiting coordinator, primary hitting instructor and third base coach, while also handling various offensive and defensive aspects of the game. Stotz will continue to spearhead the efforts behind Stanford’s long-running and successful baseball camps held each summer, including the program’s All-Star Camp that annually attracts some of the top high school baseball talent in the country.
“Selfishly, we are saddened that Dean is leaving because of everything he means to Stanford University,” said Bernard Muir, Stanford’s Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics. “On a personal level, however, we are thrilled for Dean’s retirement because he moves into the next phase of life on his terms. His 37 years in our baseball program have helped define a program and the values of its many student-athletes. We are indebted to him and wish him the very best.”
Stotz was named the first recipient of the ABCA/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 1999.
Stotz helped develop hitters such as two-time American League All-Star Carlos Quentin along with major leaguers Chris Carter, Sam Fuld, Ryan Garko, Jody Gerut and Jed Lowrie. Four of his proteges were selected in the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft, with 2013 All-Star Jason Castro going to Houston as the 10th overall selection
Under Stotz’s watch, Cardinal offenses have also recorded five of the school’s top-10 single-season hit totals (including a record 802 in 1997), seven of the top doubles campaigns, and six years where the club’s total bases ranked among Stanford’s 10 best outputs.
Stanford increased its long ball totals under Stotz’s guidance. The 1997 team hit 102 home runs to become the first club in school history to break the 100-home run mark, while the 2004 squad belted 96 round trippers for the second highest total in Stanford annals.
With Stotz heading up the team’s defensive efforts in 1990, the Cardinal set a (then) school record by posting an impressive .972 fielding percentage, committing only 77 errors in the 71-game season.
In addition to his fine work on the diamond, Stotz was known throughout the nation for his consistent top-notch recruiting efforts, which often rank among the best in the land. Under his guidance, Stanford’s 1987 and 1988 recruiting classes were named the best in the nation by Collegiate Baseball. Stotz’s efforts ranked in the top five in the nation for five straight years (1989-93), while six of his last 10 classes have been ranked in the top-10 by Baseball America.
Stotz was also a standout pitcher and first baseman for the Sacramento Airport Little League team that captured the Western USA title and competed in the Senior League World Series Championship in Gary, Ind.
Stotz and his wife, Kathy, reside in Palo Alto and have five children: Michael, John Robert, Tricia, Emma and Chipper. Emma will graduate from Santa Clara in March and Chipper is a sophomore at Stanford.
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