Former Sun Devil Athletics Administrator and Coach Pat Kuehner Passes
Former Sun Devil Athletics senior administrator and assistant baseball coach Pat Kuehner died peacefully Oct. 16, his wife shared with the Arizona State Athletics Department.
After a brief minor league career, Kuehner came to ASU in 1977 as an assistant baseball coach where he helped lead ASU to its fourth CWS title. He would then go on to work in the athletic department for several years as a Senior Administrator. Kuehner attended USC from 1966-68 where he won a national championship with the Trojans.
Kuehner scored the tying and winning runs in the 1968 College World Series to bring USC its fifth national title. With the Trojans down 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Kuehner entered as a pinch hitter where he punched in a triple to bring around two and secure the walk-off come-from-behind victory over Southern Illinois. Kuehner played three seasons for the Trojans and was the starting left fielder in '68.
Kuehner went on to play two seasons of professional ball from 1969-1970, suiting up for the Western Carolinas League's Shelby Senators and Caroline League's Burlington Senators after being drafted in the 25th round of the 1968 MLB Draft (561st, Washington Senators). He appeared in 229 games, slashing .245/.394/.369 with 15 homers and 118 RBIs.
Following his playing years, Kuehner came to Tempe where he was an assistant coach for the 1977 ASU baseball team under sixth-year head coach Jim Brock. The Sun Devils won the College World Series that season, defeating South Carolina in the title game, and finished 57-12 (15-3 WAC).
Services for Pat Kuehner will be held Nov. 4 from 1-4 p.m. at the Arizona Country Club.