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Ungricht Returns, Staff Set
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 08/22/2014

STANFORD, Calif. -- Mark Marquess, the Clarke and Elizabeth Nelson Director of Baseball, today announced the addition of three assistant coaches for the 2014-15 academic year. The hires finalize the staff after the departure of former assistant Ryan Garko.

Brock Ungricht - Assistant Coach
After a one-month stint as an assistant coach at Arizona, Brock Ungricht returns to the Stanford program where he has spent the last four seasons as a volunteer assistant. Ungricht officially fills the vacancy left by Garko and will play a vital role in recruiting and developing the Cardinal hitters.

“I’m thankful for the opportunities both Coach Lopez and Coach Marquess have presented me this summer,” said Ungricht. “In the end, returning to Stanford was best for me and my wife. I’m excited to be back with Coach Marquess, Coach Filter and the outstanding student-athletes at Stanford.”

Ungricht’s wife, Taylor, has been a part of the Stanford sports performance staff since June 2010. She is in her third year working with men’s, women’s and sand volleyball and men’s and women’s diving.

A 2008 graduate of San Diego State, where he played under then-Aztecs assistant and current Stanford assistant Rusty Filter, Ungricht batted .373 as a freshman All-American with 48 RBI over 63 games for head coach Tony Gwynn from 2003-06. He followed with a .256 sophomore season and hit .314 with 37 RBI as a junior before being selected by the New York Yankees in the 30th round of the 2006 MLB Draft. Ungricht started his coaching career as the head coach at San Diego's Kearny High in 2009.

Ungricht has helped numerous hitters’ progress over the course of their Stanford careers, including current AAA All-Star Stephen Piscotty. One of the top prospects in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, Piscotty hit .340 during three years on The Farm with 124 runs scored, 132 RBI, 43 doubles and 12 homers. Ungricht also guided the Cardinal to the most home runs (10) during the 2014 NCAA tournament, as Stanford qualified for its third Super Regional in the last four years.

Marquess on Ungricht: “We are very excited to get Brock back and be part of our staff. He has been in the program for four years and has done an excellent job. Brock is very good with our hitters, he has a good background having worked with Tony Gwynn, and will help with our infielders, catchers and also coach third base, where he did an outstanding job last season. We are just very happy and very fortunate to get him back on our staff.”

Jon Karcich - Volunteer Assistant Coach
Jon Karcich joins the Stanford staff after serving as an assistant coach at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (Ariz.) and the head coach of the Shelter Island Bucks of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League. Karcich acted as the bench and infield coach as Chandler-Gilbert went 31-25 record in the highly respected Arizona Community College Athletic Conference in 2014. Prior to his first full year of coaching, Karcich played three years in the minors, reaching as high as Triple-A. He hit .243 with 14 home runs and 77 RBI in 225 games with the Los Angeles Angels organization. A native of San Mateo, Calif., Karcich was a two-time All-West Coast Conference honoree at Santa Clara before being drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 MLB Draft by Los Angeles.

Marquess on Karcich: “Jon was an outstanding shortstop at Santa Clara, played some professional baseball and has been gaining coaching experience since the end of his playing career. He has strong ties to the area and will be a welcome addition to our staff.”

Eric Smith - Undergraduate Assistant Coach
Eric Smith becomes the first undergraduate assistant coach in Marquess’ 39 years as head coach at Stanford. Smith returns to The Farm, where he hit .321 as the Cardinal’s starting catcher in 2012, to finish his political science degree. After his breakout season in 2012, Smith was drafted in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He hit .295 over 109 games during two seasons in the minors and was named the Dodgers’ Organization All-Star at catcher in 2012. Smith was forced to retire due to injuries.  

Marquess on Smith: “This is the first time we have had the opportunity to have an undergraduate coach. Eric is going to come back and finish school and that will, again, be a welcome addition. He will help us with our catchers, with our hitters and especially the freshmen as they transition to Stanford both academically and with baseball.”



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