Andy Stankiewicz Named USC Baseball Head Coach

Baseball | July 03, 2022

LOS ANGELES – Andy Stankiewicz, former major league baseball player and longtime Grand Canyon manager, has been named USC baseball’s head coach, Trojan Athletic Director Mike Boehn was announced today (July 3).

Stankiewicz, who has also spent time as a professional scout and minor league manager, comes on after 11 successful seasons at the Grand Canyon, during which he won five Western Athletic Conference titles (2015, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022). USC was named the conference Coach of the Year four times (2017, 2018, 2021, 2022).

“We are excited to welcome Andy Stankiewicz to the Trojan family as our new head baseball coach,” said Bohn. “As a former MLB player and talented coach, Andy has a proven track record of building a successful program. He has played seven seasons in MLB and understands what it takes to compete at the highest level. Andy’s leadership, relationship building skills and “Player development makes him an excellent candidate to lead our program. Additionally, his integrity and commitment to student-athletes align perfectly with our vision and guiding principles. Arriving at USC, he is highly recommended and respected by members of the baseball community, and we have every confidence that he will restore our baseball program to national prominence.”

“I’m thrilled to be the next head coach at the nation’s most prestigious baseball program, the University of Southern California,” said Stankiewicz, who has a career record 341-239-2 (.588). “I want to say thank you Mike Boehn and (sports administrator) Lindsay Jaffe for entrusting me with the development of our young men to become champions on and off the pitch. Our program will represent the Trojan family well and make our alumni proud. Keep fighting!”

Stankiewicz led Grand Canyon to its first-ever postseason appearance in NCAA Division I in 2021 after the Lopes won the WAC tournament, and then led the program to its first-ever Division I bid at large last season.

In 2022, Grand Canyon won 41 games, finished the regular season with three consecutive weeks in D1Baseball.com’s Top 25 poll, and won a WAC title for the second straight year. The Lopes’ strong resume earned them a free application to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history and the first time since 2012 from a WAC school. GCU had one of the strongest non-conference schedules in the country, recording victories over top-10 teams at Oregon State, Stanford, and Texas Tech. The Lopes was a #3 seed in the Stillwater Regional.

In 2021, Stankiewicz and the Lopes rode through the WAC tournament and secured a spot in the Tucson Regional this postseason. Stankiewicz led the Lopes to 39 wins while also recording a personal milestone by winning his 300th game in the WAC Tournament Championship on May 29.

After two successful seasons in Division II in 2012 and 2013, Stankiewicz successfully guided GCU through the transition to Division I. Despite the jump in competitions, the Lopes found immediate success after the transition as the program did in 2015, 2017 and 2018 won the WAC regular-season championships.

Stankiewicz is one of the most respected coaches in college baseball, as evidenced by his multiple selections to coach US national baseball teams in international competitions. He was a head coach at the 18U level and an assistant on both the Collegiate National Team and the 17U National Team Development Program. Stankiewicz helped 18U teams win gold medals at both the 2017 World Baseball Cup and the 2014 COPABE Pan American Games.

Stankiewicz’s impressive player development résumé is underscored by the fact that during his tenure as GCU head coach, 21 Lopes were selected for the MLB draft, with six selections coming in the first 10 rounds. Fifty Lopes were awarded at all conferences during Stankiewicz’s tenure, 30 of which were selected to the first team. He has produced five Conference Player/Pitcher/Freshmen of the Year, nine All-Region Honorees, and five All-Americans.

GCU has picked multiple players in three of the last four MLB drafts (the 2020 draft was shortened to five rounds) and the Lopes had at least one MLB draft lead in 10 of Stankiewicz’s 11 seasons. Under his supervision, right-handed pitcher Jake Wong became GCU’s highest draft pick since Tim Salmon (1989) and entered the third round (80th overall) of the 2018 draft. The Lopes also achieved a program high in 2019 with five drafts.

Before joining the Grand Canyon, Stankiewicz was the minor league field coordinator for the Seattle Mariners. Prior to joining the Mariners, he was a member of the Arizona State baseball coaching staff from 2007-2009. He helped lead the Sun Devils to three Pac-10 championships and two College World Series appearances.

Stankiewicz also brings a professional coaching background, having served as manager for the New York Yankees’ NY Penn League team in Staten Island. He led Staten Island to the 2005 NY Penn League championship.

A lifelong underdog due to his undersized 5-foot-9 frame, Stankiewicz had a highly successful college career at Pepperdine before spending six years in the minors to play seven MLB seasons.

Stankiewicz was selected by the New York Yankees in the 12th round of the 1986 MLB Draft and went on to play with the Yankees (1992-93), Houston Astros (1994-95), Montreal Expos (1996-97) and the Arizona Diamondbacks inaugural season (1998) during his MLB tenure.

He was paired with Buck Showalter at three different stops during his minor league journey. When Showalter, the new Yankees manager, needed a replacement in the infield, he drew on his personal faith in Stankiewicz and called him up for his MLB debut on April 11, 1992.

Stankiewicz played 16 games for the Yankees in 1993 before joining the Astros the following offseason. He spent two years with Houston and two years with the Montreal Expos before landing in 1998 with the Diamondbacks in Phoenix. In his final season with the majors, Stankiewicz played 77 games for Showalter’s Arizona Diamondbacks. With more than 1,000 fielding chances, Stankiewicz has committed just 20 errors in seven years — a career fielding percentage of .980.

Stankiewicz is a standout infielder at Pepperdine, ranking in the top 10 in the school for runs scored (172), at-bats (755), walks (121), stolen bases (101), and stolen base percentage (.828). During his four-year career with the Waves, Stankiewicz helped lead Pepperdine to two NCAA regional appearances and a WCC championship.

A native of Southern California, he was born in Inglewood and attended St. Paul HS in Santa Fe Springs where he also played football.

What you say…

“Andy Stankiewcz is the right person for the job. He has been a winner at all levels, is a great teacher of the game, has demonstrated his ability to recruit talented players of high character and is a great leader who holds the highest level His track record as a collegiate player, major league player, minor league manager, collegiate coach, and Team USA manager has shown his ability to win at all levels and develop talent on and off the field that USC cannot could have had a better baseball coach to bring the program to consistent size and I look forward to seeing his results.”
Damon Oppenheimer
New York Yankees Vice President of Domestic Scouting

“The USA Baseball and USC Baseball connection dates back decades, beginning with Olympic and collegiate coaching legend Rod Dedeaux. In the years since Rod led the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic team, many Trojans, both players and coaches, have sported the red white and blue and represented the United States on the world stage. That tradition continues with the appointment of Andy Stankiewicz as the next head coach for the USC baseball program. We may be biased, but you would be hard pressed to find a better teacher, coach and leader of young men in a baseball program than Andy. It may be college baseball’s offseason, but USC just won. A very big win. Keep fighting!
Paul Seiler
President / CEO USA Baseball

USC baseball tradition…

Stankiewicz inherits a USC baseball program with unparalleled heritage. The Trojans have won a total of 12 national championships (twice as many as the closest NCAA program), made the College World Series 21 times, and sent more players to the big leagues than any other school with a total of 118 major leagues.

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