Baseball Head Coach Mark Marquess To Chat Online With Fans This Thurday At 10:00 AM, PT
Jan. 28, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - Welcome to the ESPN.com moderated chat room! On Thursday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m. PT, Stanford Baseball head coach Mark Marquess will make a special visit to chat with fans about the top-ranked Cardinal and the upcoming 2002 collegiate baseball season. Marquess has led Stanford to the College World Series championship game in each of the past two seasons and is attempting to take the Cardinal back to the CWS for the fourth consecutive year. His Cardinal teams have won at least 50 games in each of the last three seasons, the first time the feat has been accomplished in school history.
Marquess begins his 26th season at Stanford when the Cardinal hosts No. 15 Cal State Fullerton in a three-game series at Sunken Diamond this Friday-Sunday, February 1-3.
The 2002 Stanford Baseball team returns all of its starting position players from last year's CWS championship game, as well as two of its top four starting pitchers and its primary closer from a team that finished 51-17 overall last year. A total of eight Stanford players have received 2002 Preseason All-American recognition from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and/or the NCBWA. Three players - Jeremy Guthrie (Jr., RHP), Chris O'Riordan (Sr., 2B) and Carlos Quentin (So., OF) - have received First Team honors.
Last year, Marquess became the 23rd head coach in the history of NCAA Division I baseball to reach the career 1000-win mark. He enters this season with an all-time and Stanford coaching record of 1046-515-5. Marquess ranks 12th among active coaches in career victories and 16th in winning percentage (.670). He has been named the NCAA Coach of the Year three times and the Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division Coach of the Year on eight occasions.
His teams have won a pair of NCAA Championships (1987, 1988) and advanced to the College World Series 11 times in the last 20 years. The Cardinal has also won a total of 10 Pac-10 or Pac-10 Southern Division titles or co-titles in the last 19 years and has finished in either first or second place in arguably the nation's top conference 19 times in the last 21 seasons. The Cardinal has also played in 19 NCAA Regionals in the last 21 years and three consecutive NCAA Super Regionals in the first three seasons of the new NCAA Tournament format.
Marquess has been associated with Stanford Baseball for 33 seasons as a head coach (1977-current), assistant coach (1972-76) and player (1967-69). He was a First Team All-American first baseman in 1967 and played four seasons of professional baseball in the Chicago White Sox organization (1969-73) before beginning his coaching career. He also played three years of football for the Cardinal (1666-68).
If you would like to ask your questions for 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 at 10:00 a.m. PT.