David Esquer back on the Farm as baseball coach

Esquer and Muir
David Esquer, left, is welcomed back to the Farm as head baseball coach by Bernard Muir, the Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics.

Stanford alumnus DAVID ESQUER was welcomed back to the Farm this week as Stanford’s Clarke and Elizabeth Nelson Director of Baseball.

Esquer is the 21st head coach in program history, succeeding MARK MARQUESS, who retired after 41 years at the helm of the Cardinal. Esquer played under Marquess on Stanford’s 1987 national championship team and served as an assistant on the Farm from 1991 to ’96. He spent the last 18 years as the head coach at Cal, where he was the 2011 National Coach of the Year and led the Bears to five NCAA regional competitions and the 2011 College World Series.

“I am ecstatic to welcome Coach Esquer back to the Farm,” athletic director BERNARD MUIR said. “His passion for Stanford University and the Stanford baseball program is undeniable, and his intimate understanding of the unique brand of scholar-athleticism that has been a hallmark of our baseball program for so many years makes him a perfect fit for this role. The future of Stanford baseball is in great hands.”

“I am just so happy for this opportunity and so humbled to be following Coach Marquess,” Esquer said. “It is incredible to think back to when I came to campus as a walk-on shortstop from Salinas, and to know I will be running the same program. As a coach, I have my own voice, but I will continue to bring the energy that Coach Marquess brought every day, and maintain the legacy of a program that proved you can achieve the highest standards academically and still sustain excellence on the field.”

A shortstop at Stanford from 1984 to ’87, Esquer was a starter on the Cardinal’s 1987 College World Series championship team. Esquer went on to play professional baseball for four seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, California Angels and Milwaukee Brewers. Following his playing career, Esquer spent six seasons as an assistant under Marquess.

Esquer earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in sociology from Stanford in 1987.

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