Position: Assistant Coach
Experience: 6th Season
Alma Mater, Year: San Jose State, 1982
Tom Kunis is in his fifth season as the Cardinal pitching coach after four successful campaigns on the job as his staff has turned in an earned run average of 4.01 or lower each season. Kunis has helped develop
several top-notch pitchers in his four seasons on The Farm with six pitchers during his tenure (Jeff Bruksch, Jeremy Guthrie, Mike Gosling, John Hudgins, Justin Wayne and Jason Young) selected in the first five rounds of the last four MLB First-Year Player Drafts. In addition, he handles the Cardinal catchers and assisted with the defensive improvement of Ryan Garko, the winner of the 2003 Johnny Bench Award as the nation's top catcher.
has done a fantastic job in his first four years as our pitching coach," said head coach Mark Marquess. "Pitching has always been one of the keys to our success at Stanford, and he has continued that tradition. Tom is one of the best pitching coaches in the country."
Last year, Kunis oversaw the development of the two latest Cardinal stars on the mound in All-American
John Hudgins and 2003 National Freshman of the Year Mark Romanczuk. Hudgins put together one of the best seasons in Stanford history, going 14-3 with a 2.99 ERA in a school record 165.1 innings, while winning Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year and College World Series Most Outstanding Player honors. Romanczuk (12-2, 4.01 ERA) won the first 12 starts of his collegiate career under the guidance of Kunis.
Over the previous two seasons, Coach Kunis
guided Jeremy Guthrie to back-to-back All-American campaigns after the right-hander had not touched a baseball for two years while on a Mormon mission in Spain. Guthrie was a first round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft and signed a Major League Baseball contract. Kunis also spearheaded the development of 2001 starters Mike Gosling and Jeff Bruksch, picked in the second and fifth rounds of the 2001 MLB Draft, respectively. In 2000, Kunis
worked with All-American and Pac-10 Co-Pitcher of the Year Justin Wayne, a first round draft pick (fifth overall) of the Montreal Expos in June of 2000 that made his MLB debut with the Florida Marlins in September of 2002. Kunis also tutored Jason Young in 2000, a second round pick of the Colorado Rockies who reached the big league club in 2003.
Kunis molded a 2001 pitching staff that had no returning starters into one of the best in Stanford history
as the Cardinal recorded a 3.50 team ERA, its lowest since a 3.44 mark in 1977, to rank second in the Pac-10 and No. 10 nationally. The 2001 staff also used a balanced relief pitching effort to set a new school record with 23 saves, one shy of equaling the Pac-10 single-season record.
All told, Stanford's staff has put together amazing numbers in four seasons under his guidance, posting a 199-69 record with a 3.86 ERA and 2041 strikeouts in 2421.0 innings pitched.
Kunis came to Stanford with excellent credentials as a pitching coach, having served in the same capacity at Cal Poly for four seasons (1996-99). During his tenure with the Mustangs, his staff consistently ranked among the best in the Western Athletic Conference (1996) and later the Big West Conference (1997-99). Kunis made a huge impact in his first season as the Mustangs' staff compiled an impressive 4.45 team ERA in just their second year of Division I experience.
Prior to his tenure at Cal Poly, Kunis served as the head coach at DeAnza College in 1995. In his lone season at the helm of the DeAnza program, Kunis led the Dons to a 31-14-2 record and a berth in the NorCal Regionals. Kunis also spent four prior seasons as DeAnza's pitching coach. His 1991 and 1992 staffs led the Coast Conference in ERA. In addition to his duties as pitching coach, Kunis assisted in recruiting and student-athlete eligibility.
Kunis' long line of coaching experience also includes four comparably successful seasons (1988-91) at his alma mater San Jose State. He began his coaching career as the top assistant at West Valley College in Saratoga through the seasons of 1984-87.
The 1982 San Jose State graduate earned a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and later completed his Master's degree in Sports Administration from Saint Mary's College.
and his wife, Kim, reside in San Jose with their four children, Austin (10), Tyler (8), Megan (7) and Landon (2).
Last Updated: 9/30/04