David Esquer

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David Esquer
Sport(s) College baseball
Current position
Title Head Coach
Team Stanford University
Conference Pac-12 Conference
Biographical details
Born (1965-04-13) April 13, 1965 (age 52)
Playing career
Position(s) SS
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1991-1996 Stanford (asst.)
1997-1999 Pepperdine (asst.)
2000-2017 California
2018-present Stanford
Head coaching record
Overall 525–467–2
Tournaments NCAA: 10–11
Accomplishments and honors
Pac-10 Coach of the Year: 2001
NCAA Coach of the Year: 2011

David Charles Esquer (born April 13, 1965) is the head coach of the Stanford Cardinal baseball team. He previously served as head coach of the California Golden Bears baseball team from 2000–2017.

Early life[edit]

Esquer attended Palma High School in Salinas, California where he played basketball, football, and baseball. Esquer was team captain and MVP of the baseball team and was named his high school's athlete of the year.[1] He attended Stanford University, where he was the shortstop on Stanford's 1987 College World Series national championship team and was named to the All-Tournament Team.[1]

Playing career[edit]

After graduating from Stanford with a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in sociology in 1987, Esquer played three seasons in the minor league organizations of the Baltimore Orioles, California Angels, and Milwaukee Brewers.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1991, Esquer was hired by his college coach Mark Marquess as an assistant coach. In 1996, he was hired as an assistant coach of Pepperdine University's baseball team, handling recruiting, hitting instruction, infield coaching, and third base coach duties.[1]

Following the 1999 season, Esquer was hired as head baseball coach at Cal. In 18 seasons with the Golden Bears, Esquer recorded a record of 525–467–2 (.529), and led the Bears to NCAA Regionals in 2001, 2008, 2010, and 2015, and was named Pacific-10 Conference coach of the year in 2001.[1] In 2011, Esquer led the Bears back to their first College World Series appearance since 1992 and was named national baseball coach of the year by the National College Baseball Writers Association.[3]

On June 16, 2017, Esquer stepped down from his position at Cal to accept the head baseball coaching position at Stanford, his alma-mater.[4][5]

Head coaching record[edit]

The following is a table of Esquer's yearly records as an NCAA head baseball coach.[6][7][8]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
California Golden Bears (Pac-10/Pac-12) (2000–2017)
2000 California 25-28 11-13 5th
2001 California 34-25 14-10 4th NCAA Regional
2002 California 29-27 11-13 5th
2003 California 28-27 10-14 7th
2004 California 25-31 9-15 t-8th
2005 California 34-23 13-11 5th
2006 California 26-28 9-15 9th
2007 California 29-26 12-12 4th
2008 California 33-21-2 12-12 5th NCAA Regional
2009 California 24-29 9-18 9th
2010 California 29-25 13-14 6th NCAA Regional
2011 California 38-23 13-13 6th College World Series
2012 California 29-25 12-18 t-8th
2013 California 23-31 10-20 t-8th
2014 California 26-27 13-17 8th
2015 California 36-21 18-12 t-3rd NCAA Regional
2016 California 32-21 14-16 t-8th
2017 California 25-29 15-15 t-5th
California: 525–467–2 218–258
Stanford Cardinal (Pac-12) (2018–present)
2018 Stanford 0-0 0-0
Stanford: 0–0 0–0
Total: 525–467–2

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Personal life[edit]

Esquer and his wife Lynn, a former assistant clinical professor in psychology, live in Moraga with their two children.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Player Bio: David Esquer". University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved July 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ "David Esquer Minor League Statistics & History". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved April 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ FitzGerald, Tom (June 21, 2011). "Cal baseball coach David Esquer wins national honor". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ "David Esquer Steps Down As Head Baseball Coach". Cal Athletics. June 16, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Welcome Home: David Esquer named Clarke and Elizabeth Nelson Director of Baseball". Stanford Athletics. June 16, 2017. 
  6. ^ "2012 Pac-12 Conference Baseball Media Guide". Pac-12 Conference. Archived from the original on May 8, 2013. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ "2012 Pacific-12 Conference Baseball Standings". D1Baseball.com. Jeremy Mills. Archived from the original on May 8, 2013. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ "2013 Pacific-12 Conference Baseball Standings". D1Baseball.com. Jeremy Mills. Archived from the original on June 3, 2013. Retrieved June 3, 2013.