Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - December 23, 2011

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CARDINAL CORNER . . . The Stanford men's soccer team will begin the new year with a new coach after Stanford Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby announced the appointment of Jeremy Gunn to that position on Wednesday. The 40-year-old Gunn becomes the 15th coach in the program's history. He succeeds Bret Simon, who resigned on November 15 after 11 years in the position. The Cardinal went 14-20-2 over the past two seasons. Stanford reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament in 2009. Gunn previously served as head coach at the University of Charlotte for the past five seasons, building the 49ers' program into a national title contender. He led Charlotte to two NCAA tournament appearances, including this season when the 49ers advanced to the championship match of the College Cup before losing to top-ranked North Carolina. During the five seasons at Charlotte, Gunn compiled a 64-26-14 record, including a 5-2 mark in the NCAA Tournament. The 49ers also won a pair Atlantic-10 Conference titles under Gunn's guidance in 2010 and `11. A 1993 graduate of Cal-State Bakersfield, Gunn began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater. He served on both the men's and women's coaching staffs during his seven-year stint at Bakersfield, helping the Roadrunners to the 1997 NCAA Division II National Championship and an appearance in the 1995 national semifinal. After leaving Cal-State Bakersfield, Gunn went to Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., where he built the program into a Division II power. Fort Lewis advanced to three national title games and won the 2005 Division II championship with a 22-0-1 mark, earning Gunn national coach of the year honors. Gunn finished his eight-year career at Fort Lewis with an overall record of 123-35-17 and in 13 seasons at Fort Lewis and Charlotte, Gunn is 187-61-31 (.754) . . . Stanford added to its preseason baseball resume on Tuesday when Collegiate Baseball named right-hander Mark Appel to its first team and infielder Kenny Diekroeger to its second team. Third baseman Stephen Piscotty was named a first team preseason All-American by the National's Collegiate Baseball Writers earlier this month. In other baseball news, Stanford was rated No. 3 by Collegiate Baseball in its national preseason poll. This is the highest ranking for the Cardinal program since it was rated No. 1 by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball in 2002's preseason and No. 6 by both publications prior to the start of the 2004 and 2005 seasons . . . Stanford freshman diver Kristian Ipsen secured another spot at the World Cup in February, finishing second in the 3-meter on Monday at the Winter National Championships in Nashville, Tenn., following a combined score of 1516.55. Ipsen lost the gold medal by .20 points. Ipsen previously had secured a spot in the 3-meter synchro with a win during the weekend at the Winter Nationals.

COACHING CORNER . . . The Palo Alto Babe Ruth baseball program has openings for head coaches and team managers for the spring 2012 season. Tryouts will be in late January 2012. Those interested should contact the league at pabr.baseball@gmail.com. For more details, go to www.pababeruth.org.

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