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Former Bulldog Mike Redmond Introduced As Miami Marlins Manager

At his introductory news conference Friday, new Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond engaged in the traditional ritual of donning the team jersey for photos, then sat down at a microphone and announced he would keep his shirt on while taking questions.

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Marco Gonzales' American Pastime

When it's useful, Marco Gonzales has no problem embracing the underdog persona.

By baseball standards, he's small for a pitcher, a self-made hitter, not blessed with great speed. He was, by his own evaluation, a below-the-radar college recruit, so his remarkable achievements in two years at Gonzaga are outsized by comparison.

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Mark Machtolf

 

Head Coach: Gonzaga University

Mark Machtolf is entering his fifth year at the helm of the Gonzaga University baseball prgram. Prior to being named head coach on Aug. 7, 2003, the Spokane native served 13 years as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs. Since being named head coach, Machtolf has posted a 114-102 record for a .528 winning percentage, placing him third all-time in Gonzaga history.

Machtolf made an immediate impact on the Bulldogs program guiding Gonzaga to a 16-11 record in West Coast Conference play and a 24-27 overall record for the 2004 season . He also placed three players on the All-WCC first team including catcher Kiel Thibault, who was named the WCC Player of the Year.

Last season, for the first time as head coach, Machtolf guided the Bulldogs to a second-place finish in the West Coast Conference and, as a result, a spot in the WCC Championship series against regular- season champion University of San Diego. Gonzaga's second-place finish was its highest in WCC history as the Zags had not finished higher than fifth when the league played a non-divisional format. In 2007, the Bulldogs posted a 33-25 record, marking the most victories since the 1990 campaign. Last season also marked the first time since 1990 the Bulldogs posted 30-plus victories. As a result of their 15-6 WCC record, the Zags' landed eight All-West Coast Conference selections, including WCC Pitcher of the Year and third team All-American Clayton Mortensen. The eight conference accolades tied a program high.

Under Machtolf's guidance the Bulldogs have become one of the top power-hitting teams in the country. In 2002 the Bulldogs set a school and West Coast Conference record for home runs with 92, finishing 7th in the nation in home-runs-per-game. Gonzaga slugger Nate Gold led the nation with 33 home runs en route to earning first-team All-America honors. In 1999, Gonzaga hitters smashed several offensive school records including home runs (82), runs scored (455), runs batted in (425) and hits per game (10.75).

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 Havanna, Cuba. The .919 win percentage for the season was the best ever posted by a USA Baseball collegiate team and the tournament win was the inaugural title for a USA Baseball National Team in Cuba.

Machtolf has also been instrumental in the construction of Gonzaga's new state-of-the-art facility, Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field. Machtolf assisted with the guidance of the project that helped create the new home of Bulldog baseball.

Prior to becoming head coach Machtolf's primary responsibilities were working with Zags hitters and coaching outfielders. He also served as Gonzaga's recruiting coordinator.

During his 17-year tenure with the Bulldogs, Mactolf has seen the program produce 69 All-West Coast Conference selections, including two WCC Player of the Year selections and last season's conference Pitcher of the Year. He has also been part of coaching of four All-America selections, six academic All-American honorees as well as six Freshman All-America selections.

Under his guidance, Gonzaga has seen 22 former Zags drafted in the Major League Baseball draft, including eight in the top-10 rounds and 12 in the top 20, en route to 33 Bulldogs signing professional contracts. Machtolf has coached three former Bulldogs with MLB experience, including two-time National League All-Star and 2004 NL Rookie of the Year Jason Bay.

Machtolf entered the coaching ranks as the hitting coach at Gonzaga for the 1987-88 season and worked with the Zags until the completion of the 1990 campaign. Following one season as an assistant coach at Whitworth College, Machtolf accepted the head coaching position at Gonzaga Prep and coached through the 1995 season.

In 1996, Machtolf returned to the Bulldog dugout as a volunteer coach and was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 1998 season.

Danny Evans

 

Assistant Coach: Gonzaga University

Danny Evans enters his fifth season as a member of the Gonzaga University coaching staff and will serve as the Bulldogs infielder coach. Under Evans, the Bulldogs have become one of the top defensive teams in the West Coast Conference and in NCAA Division I.

Since 2005, Gonzaga's fielding percentage has consistently ranked in the top 30 of NCAA Division I institutions as well as the ranking top in the WCC. In 2005, the Bulldogs fielded a .972 average to rank second in the league and 13th in NCAA Division I. The next season, Gonzaga continued its strong defensive skills, posting a .976 fielding average, while setting a program and West Coast Conference record, as well as ranking the Bulldogs seventh nationally.

Last season the Zags recorded a .971 fielding percentage to rank 30th in the nation. During West Coast Coference play, Gonzaga posted a .980 average to rank first in the league. The Zags committed only 16 errors in league play, setting a WCC record. Evans has overseen the development of a pair of fomer Bulldogs who are currently playing in the professional ranks - Darin Holcomb and Scott Campbell, both of which were top 15 round draft picks.

A 2003 graduate of Gonzaga University, Evans was a 4-year letter winner for the Bulldogs appearing in 162 games over his career. Evans alternated between shortstop and third base during his career and capped his senior season with a second team All-West Coast Conference honor.

Steve Bennett

 

Assistant Coach: Gonzaga University

Steve Bennett enters his fourth season as a member of the Gonzaga University coaching staff and will serve as the Bulldogs pitching coach.

A 2000 graduate of Gonzaga, Bennett was a 4-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs appearing in 54 games over his career. He earned West Coast Conference Honorable Mention as a freshman, was selected second-team All-WCC as a junior and was drafted by the New York Mets in the 28th round after his senior season. Bennett chose to return to the Bulldogs for his fifth year where he earned first-team All-WCC. He then went on to play four years in the Mets organization reaching as high as the AA level.

In 2007, Bennett served as the Bulldogs' pitching coach. During his first season in the position, Gonzaga produced its inaugural West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Year, third-team All-American and 36th overall draft pick in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, Clayton Mortensen.

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