Mark Marquess To Chat Live Online

Feb. 8, 2001

Enter Coach Marquess' Chat Room

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford head baseball coach Mark Marquess will make a special visit to the gostanford.com/ESPN.com chat room this Thursday, February 8 (11:00 a.m., PST) to chat with fans about a wide variety of topics. Marquess currently has 999 career wins (all at Stanford) and is attempting to become the 23rd head coach in the history of NCAA Division I baseball to reach the 1000 career win mark. Stanford, currently ranked #14 by Baseball America, opens its 2001 home season by hosting #7 Florida State in a three-game series at the newly remodeled Sunken Diamond this Friday-Sunday, February 9-11. The Cardinal posted a 4-3 record on a season-opening seven-game road trip in which the team won two-of-three games at both Fresno State and #15 Cal State Fullerton.

One of the nation's premier collegiate coaches, Marquess is now in his 25th season as the Cardinal head coach. He began the 2001 season ranked 14th in victories and 19th in winning percentage among active Division I baseball head coaches. He has been named NCAA Coach of the Year three times and has received Pacific-10 Coach of the Year honors on eight occasions, including three of the last four seasons. Marquess was named the Pac-10 Southern Division Coach of the Year seven times before being named the first Pac-10 Coach of Year in the newly aligned conference (1999). He has a career record of 999-501-5 (.665) at Stanford, including an impressive 411-273 (.601) mark in Pacific-10 Conference action, arguably the toughest league in the nation. He picked up his 950th career win versus Cal State Fullerton last season on February 6, 2000. The 1969 Stanford graduate has led the Cardinal to two NCAA titles (1987, '88), 10 College World Series appearances (1982, '83, '85, '87, '88, '90, '95, '97, '99, '00), 10 Pac-10 regular season titles and 18 NCAA Tournament showings. Last season, Marquess coached the Cardinal to its first trip to the CWS final game since winning the 1988 CWS title. His teams have also won NCAA Super Regionals each of the last two seasons, as well as at least a share of a Pac-10 baseball championship in 10 of the last 18 years (includes Southern Division Championships) and for a school-record four straight seasons.

Nearly as eye opening as the number of titles won by the Cardinal is the consistent level of success Marquess has brought to the program. The Cardinal has suffered just one losing season during his tenure and has finished either first or second in the prestigious Pacific-10 (formerly Six-Pac) 18 times in the last 20 seasons. Stanford has had 95 professional baseball draft picks in the past 16 seasons, including 12 first-round selections in the last 14 years. A member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Marquess was the head coach of the 1988 United States Olympic baseball team that captured the Gold Medal. Marquess was an accomplished football and baseball standout on The Farm, and is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame. He is one of only six collegiate head baseball coaches to have both played and coached in the College World Series. Marquess was the starting first baseman on Stanford's 1967 College World Series squad and played five years of minor league baseball with the Chicago White Sox organization.

If you would like to ask your question for coach Marquess ahead of time, feel free to leave your questions now and we will save them for his arrival. Otherwise, he will chat with you on Thursday.

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