Cliff Gustafson

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Cliff Gustafson is a former Texas high school & college baseball coach who was, for twenty-nine seasons, the head coach of The University of Texas at Austin Longhorn baseball team.

Early life[edit]

Gustafson, born February 12, 1931, is a native of Kenedy, Texas. He played baseball at UT, including the 1952 team that won the Southwest Conference championship and reached the College World Series. Gustafson posted a .308 batting average for his collegiate career.

Coaching career[edit]

South San Antonio High School[edit]

After briefly playing baseball professionally, Gustafson coached at South San Antonio High School for fourteen seasons, winning seven Texas State championships.

The University of Texas[edit]

In 1968, after hanging up initially on University of Texas football coach & athletic director, Darrell Royal (Gustafson thought it was a prank phone call) Gustafson took a pay cut to coach the baseball team at The University of Texas at Austin. While there, he led the Longhorns to twenty-two [Southwest Conference] Championships, a record seventeen College World Series appearances, and two national championships in baseball 1975 and 1983.

Many of Gustafson's players went on to play Major League Baseball. Among that group are Jim Acker, Billy Bates, Mike Brumley, Mike Capel, Roger Clemens, Dennis Cook, Scott Coolbaugh, Keith Creel, Kirk Dressendorfer, Ron Gardenhire, Jim Gideon, Jerry Don Gleaton, Burt Hooton, Bob Kearney, Brooks Kieschnick, Keith Moreland, Calvin Murray, Spike Owen, Karl Pagel, Mark Petkovsek, Shane Reynolds, Andre Robertson, Bruce Ruffin, Calvin Schiraldi, J.D. Smart, Greg Swindell, Jose Tolentino, Richard Wortham, and Ricky Wright.

Gustafson resigned in disgrace in 1996 after being implicated in a financial scandal.[1] He was eventually inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. He was named National Coach of the Year in baseball in 1982 and 1983. He was also named an inaugural member of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.

After coaching[edit]

Since his retirement, Gustafson, divides his time between his home in southwest Austin, Texas and his ranch in Cameron, Texas, northeast of Austin.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year School Overall
Record
SWC
Record
Notes
1968 Texas 23-11 12-4 SWC Champion
CWS Appearance
1969 Texas 40-6 14-2 SWC Champion
CWS Appearance
1970 Texas 45-8 14-1 SWC Champion
CWS Appearance
1971 Texas 35-11 15-3 SWC Champion
1972 Texas 50-9 12-6 SWC Champion
CWS Appearance
1973 Texas 50-7 15-3 SWC Champion
CWS Appearance
1974 Texas 54-8 20-4 SWC Champion
CWS Appearance
1975 Texas 59-6 23-1 SWC Champion
National Champions
1976 Texas 48-16 19-5 SWC Champion
1977 Texas 53-10 17-7
1978 Texas 36-17 12-12
1979 Texas 61-8 22-2 SWC Champion
SWC Tournament Champion
CWS Appearance
1980 Texas 53-13 18-6 SWC Champion
SWC Tournament Champion
1981 Texas 62-11-1 16-5 SWC Champion
SWC Tournament Champion
CWS Appearance
1982 Texas 59-7 12-4 SWC Champion
SWC Tournament Champion
CWS Appearance
1983 Texas 66-14 18-3 SWC Champion
SWC Tournament Champion
National Champions
1984 Texas 60-14 16-5 SWC Champion
SWC Tournament Champion
CWS Appearance
National Runner-Up
1985 Texas 64-14 16-5 SWC Champion
CWS Appearance
National Runner-Up
1986 Texas 51-14 16-5 SWC Champion
1987 Texas 61-11 18-3 SWC Champion
SWC Tournament Champion
CWS Appearance
1988 Texas 58-11-1 18-2-1 SWC Champion
SWC Tournament Champion
1989 Texas 54-18 14-7 CWS Appearance
National Runner-Up
1990 Texas 51-17 15-5 SWC Tournament Champion
1991 Texas 48-19 14-7 SWC Champion
SWC Tournament Champion
1992 Texas 48-17 28-8 SWC Champion
CWS Appearance
1993 Texas 51-16 11-7 CWS Appearance
1994 Texas 43-21 9-9 SWC Tournament Champion
1995 Texas 44-19 14-10
1996 Texas 39-24 17-7 SWC Champion
TOTALS
1466-377-2 472-151-1 22 SWC Championships
11 SWC Tournament Championships
NCAA Record 17 CWS Appearances
2 National Championships

Achievements[edit]

National Championships: 1975, 1983

SWC Championships: 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996

SWC Tournament Championships: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1994

Collegiate Career Record: (1968–1996): 1466-377-2 (.795)

NCAA Tournament Record: 122-55 (.689)

National Coach of the Year: 1982, 1983

College World Series Appearances: 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1993

Coached 35 First Team All Americans, 12 Second Team All Americans, and 9 Third Team All Americans

Inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

Named an inaugural member of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.

Gustafson's Longhorns had a 39-0 record against minor league & semi-pro teams in exhibitions.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

TexasSports.com Bio

  1. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=3181765