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Stanford's Gunn to coach soccer match against his mentor

 

No. 24 Stanford (0-1-3) returns to The Farm for the first of three straight soccer matches at home when it hosts San Jose State (1-2-1) on Saturday at 7 p.m. (Troy Clardy and Kelly Gray have the call on Pac-12 Bay Area).

The game is the 40th all-time meeting between the two schools, with the Cardinal owning a 22-12-5 edge in records dating to 1973.


Jeremy Gunn
Corey Baird fed Foster Langsdorf in the 33rd minute and Stanford earned a 1-0 victory in last season's meeting.

San Jose State is tied with USF as Stanford's sixth most-contested opponent in program history. The Spartans' last win in the series came at the Cal Legacy Classic in Berkeley in 2006.

There's a lot of history between the two coaches.

San Jose State's Simon Tobin is in his third season with the Spartans following a 27-year run at CSU Bakersfield, where he amassed a 305-189-54 record.

He coached 1993 Bakersfield graduate and Stanford coach Jeremy Gunn, who also got his coaching career started as an assistant to Tobin.

Gunn served as an assistant coach with Bakersfield's men's and women's soccer programs from 1993-1999.

"Simon recruited me when I first came out here in 1989 to go to college at Cal State Bakersfield," Gunn said. "The biggest thing I learned from him, both as his player and assistant coach, is if you have a vision and you're willing to push and push and push, you can achieve anything."

The Roadrunners won the 1997 NCAA Division II title and advanced to the 1995 NCAA Final Four.

While serving as the men's assistant coach, Gunn also performed duties as the acting head women's coach during the women's program's first two seasons.

Gunn was named CCAA women's coach of the year after leading the Roadrunner women to a conference championship and national ranking in only their second season.

"The program was really struggling when he took over and had no business becoming great," Gunn said. "Through his drive and desire, he took a team that was rock bottom in the country and made them champions."

The Cardinal has played more minutes than any other team in college soccer this season (433:47).

Michigan (420:00) and Fairfield (410:39) are the only other schools that have logged over 400 minutes.

Stanford's four double-overtime matches happened in the span of 10 days.

— Stanford Athletics

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