Staff
Head Coach
Mark Machtolf

Mark Machtolf begins on his 13th season as the Gonzaga University baseball head coach in 2016.

Machtolf, two-time WCC Coach of the Year (2013 and 2009), sits as the second-winningest coach in program history with a career 348-298-2 record. His .539 career winning percentage is also second-best all-time in Gonzaga history.

During his tenure as head coach of the Bulldogs, Machtolf has produced 62 All-WCC selections, nine All-WCC Freshman selections, three WCC Players of the Year, four WCC Pitchers of the Year, one WCC Defensive Player of the Year and one WCC Freshman of the Year. In addition, Machtolf has coached six All-American selections, three freshman All-Americans, two academic All-Americans, three All-West Region selections, two United States Baseball National Team members and the 2013 College Baseball Hall of Fame’s John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year winner.

There have been 28 players under Machtolf who have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft, including two first-round selections. Of those 28 players drafted, 10 were picked in the first 10 rounds of their respective drafts.

The Bulldogs made the NCAA tournament under Machtolf in 2009 after capturing the program’s inaugural WCC regular-season and championships series titles. The Zags posted a 19-10 win over Georgia Southern University at the NCAA Regional before falling in a pair of games to No. 2 national seeded and regional host Cal State Fullerton and the University of Utah. Gonzaga went on to earn a No. 22 national ranking in Baseball America's final season poll after posting the school's third consecutive 30-win season for the first time since 1980-82. The 36 wins last year were the most by a Bulldog team since the 1990 season.

Machtolf was also instrumental in the construction of Gonzaga's new state-of-the-art facility, Patterson Baseball Complex and Washington Trust Field which opened in 2007. Machtolf assisted with the guidance of the project that helped create the new home of Bulldog baseball.

In the summer of 2006, Machtolf was named one of the assistant coaches for the USA Baseball Team. Under Machtolf's guidance, the National Team posted a 28-2-1 record, including going a perfect 8-0 at the Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU) World Championships in Havana, Cuba. The .919 win percentage for the season was the best ever posted by a USA Baseball collegiate team and the tournament win was the inaugural title for a USA Baseball National Team in Cuba.

Prior to being named head coach on Aug. 7, 2003, the Spokane native served 13 years as an assistant coach for the Zags. 2016 will represent his 26th season with Gonzaga.

In 1996, Machtolf returned to the Bulldog dugout as a volunteer coach and was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 1998 season. Prior to becoming head coach Machtolf's primary responsibilities were working with Zags hitters and coaching the outfielders. He also served as Gonzaga's recruiting coordinator.

Machtolf entered the coaching ranks as the hitting coach at Gonzaga for the 1987-88 season and worked with the Zags until the completion of the 1990 campaign. Following one season as an assistant coach at Whitworth College, Machtolf accepted the head coaching position at Gonzaga Prep and coached through the 1995 season.

A 1987 graduate of Stanford University, Machtolf was a member of the Cardinal 1987 College World Series championship team and was an All-CWS selection. A four-year baseball letterman and two-year football letterman, Machtolf received his B.A. in history in 1987. He received a Masters of Education degree in 1990 from Spokane's Whitworth College.

Machtolf and his wife Sheila have three sons – David, Steven and Jack.

Assistant Coach
Danny Evans

Danny Evans will enter his 13th season as a member of the Gonzaga University baseball coaching staff in 2016. Serving as the associate head coach since 2009, Evans is the primary recruiting coordinator, third base and infield coach.

Evans has witnessed the growth of the baseball program during his tenure. During that time the Zags have had six 30 win seasons including three consecutive from 2011 to 2013. The Bulldogs have claimed a pair of West Coast Conference titles in 2009 and 2013. Also in 2013, the club earned a national ranking on three different occasions and a rank as high as No. 21 from Baseball America. The Zags were also the only team to reach the first iterations of the West Coast Conference tournament, which has been in existence since the ’13 season.

The Bulldogs have flourished with Evans on the recruiting trail. In addition to nationally recognized recruiting classes, the Zags have seen a number of players get drafted into Major League Baseball. During Evans’ career, 28 Bulldogs have been selected during the MLB draft. Since taking over as the recruiting coordinator, 15 players have been chosen including one first round pick, one sixth round pick, four seventh round picks, and one each in the ninth and 10th rounds. Also, the Zags’ 2014 recruiting class was named one of the top 35 in the nation by Baseball America.

Under Evans’ assistance, the Bulldogs have highlighted a number of season awards including 63 All-WCC players, six All-Americans and three Freshman All-Americans. The Bulldogs have also taken home three WCC Player of the Year honors, five WCC Pitcher of the Year accolades, and one both a WCC Defensive Player of the Year and WCC Freshman of the Year award.

A 2003 graduate of Gonzaga, Evans was a four year letterwinner for the Zags appearing in 162 games in his career. Bouncing between shortstop and third base, Evans was recognized his senior season with All-WCC second team honors.

Assistant Coach
Brandon Harmon

Brandon Harmon will begin his fourth season overall on the coaching staff and first as assistant coach for the Gonzaga University baseball team. He was elevated from volunteer assistant in September 2015.

Harmon is the pitching coach for the Bulldogs after spending his volunteer years working with the squad’s catchers and outfielders and where he helped catcher Joey Harris earn 2015 West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year. During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, Harmon was also involved with the pitching staff, assisting with in-game pitching decisions.

In his first season on staff, he helped the Bulldogs claim the WCC regular season title and the top seed at the WCC Baseball Championship. A year later, the Zags returned as the only team to reach the tournament during its first two years.

From 2013 to 2015, Harmon also coached the 19U-level Spokane Expos, leading the club to a record of 103-57. Twenty-three of his Expos players moved on to play collegiate baseball.

From 2011-2012 Harmon served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. In 2012, the program won the Northwest Conference and Western Regional Championship earning a bid to the Division III World Series.

In 2011, Harmon oversaw the Whitworth Pirates pitching staff break the Division III school ERA record with one athlete signing a professional contract. His staff re-broke that record in 2012.

Harmon is a former player and graduate of the Bulldogs. He completed his undergraduate work in 2007 with a degree in sports management and followed that up with a master's degree from Gonzaga in 2009 in Sport and Athletic Administration. During his days as a pitcher for the Bulldogs (2005-2008), he etched himself into the program’s record book. Harmon is one of two atop the all-time career appearances category with 88 and owns the most innings in a season, pitching 123.1 frames in 2007. He was named All-WCC honorable mention in 2006 and 2007 and finished his career with a 13-17 overall record with 10 saves.

Harmon and his wife Lindsey have one child, a son named Charlie. They live in Spokane.

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Volunteer Assistant Coach
Sean Winston

Sean Winston enters his first season as volunteer assistant coach. Winston directly coaches the squad on baserunning and will serve as first base coach while assisting with the hitters, infielders, and defensive positioning.

Winston comes to Gonzaga with five years of coaching experience. Most recently, he was an assistant coach at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix where he helped lead the Pumas to the ACCAC Championship in 2015. At Paradise Valley, Winston was in charge of coaching third base and running the offense, served as the recruiting coordinator, and also coached individual skill positions in the infield and at the plate. The 2015 season was actually his second stint at the school; he also helped coach the Pumas from August 2010 until December 2012. Over his three seasons at Paradise Valley, Winston coached one NJCAA National Gold Glove Award winner and three finalist.

At the same time, Winston also was the lead assistant coach for the Matsu Miners during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, leading the squad to Alaska Baseball League Divisional titles in each season. In Matsu, Winston led the coaching of both the infielders and outfielders, holding responsibility for all defensive positioning and changes. During his two seasons, he coached two ABL Players of the Year, two ABL Pitchers of the Year, and the 2015 ABL batting champion.

Before returning to Paradise Valley, Winston spent two seasons as the volunteer assistant coach at Abilene Christian. Once again, he coached the Wildcats’ infielders and catchers in supporting off-the-field endeavors such as recruiting, fundraising, and scheduling.

In addition to his time in college baseball and with the Matsu Miners, Winston has also assisted with the Wenatchee Applesox of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League where he guided them to a WCCBL Championship in 2012.

Before coaching, Winston played for two years at Hawaii Pacific in Honolulu, where he was named two time First Team All-Conference second basemen and helped the Sea Warriors to a Pac-West Conference Championship and a second-place finish at the 2010 Western Regional. Before heading to the Islands, Winston spent two years at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash., where he led the Red Devils to two division titles and second place finish in the NWAC Championship in 2008.

Winston graduated from Hawaii Pacific with a BSBA in business management in 2010. He’s currently working on a Master’s in business administration from Grand Canyon University.