1968- 1996- Coach Cliff Gustafson

It is called Gusball and Cliff Gustafson takes great pride in that moniker and the great athletes who played for him. As of 1994 35 of his players made it to the majors, including Boston's Roger Clemens and Houston's Greg Swindell but he says " I'm just as proud of coaching three orthopedic surgeons."

Darrell Royal, then the athletic director at Texas, gets credit for hiring Cliff in 1968. Royal was asked in 1994 if he ever dreamed Gustafson would be so successful. He responded "Hell, no, If I'd known that, I'd have gone down there in my car to hire him instead of calling him on the phone."

  • 22 Conference titles

  • 11 SWC Tournament Championships

  • 2 National Championship -( 1975 and 1983)

  • NCAA record 17 appearances to the College World Series

  • Won lost record of 1466-377-2 record

  • Member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame

  • 1994 inductee into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame

  • 1998 received the James Keller Sportsmanship Award

  • Coach makes decisions during his coaching years by statistics and by  percentages.

1968- 23-11  Coach Cliff Gustafson SWC Champs


4th Straight SWC in a row and 43rd since 1915.

First time in Texas baseball history that the Longhorns lose their first three SWC games but a 10 game win streak in the middle of season and a little luch cemented the SWC championship.  The youth -Tommy Harmon, Randy Peschel, James Street, and Larry Hardy - led the team.

Texas Tech is added to the SWC in baseball competition.


SWC allows freshman to play varsity baseball. 

Professional baseball agrees to not sign college players until they are 21 or they have finished three years of college. 

Longhorns come  from behind in 6 of the 12 SWC victories.

Larry James says "The SWC championship is 5 miles south of town and moving in." Rains cancelled the A & M game and Texas wins the SWC. 

Pan American in Edinburg Texas pushes Texas for dominace in college baseball for the next 8 years. 

It takes a hit by Gene Salmon in the final district playoff game against Pan American for Texas to win the game. 

College World Series appearance- finish 5th at the CWS. 

Bobby Snoddy (1967) and Pat Brown (1968) are the only duo in Texas baseball history to win the batting average back to back  who also played baseball together in high school (Odessa Permian) 



1969- 40-6 There are Rule changes Coach Coach Cliff Gustafson SWC Champs


A rule change allows double-headers with non-conference opponents. Therefore the number of games allowed to prepare for SWC play increases from 30 to 42 games.   

Coach Gustafson hones his recruiting skills and  convinces high school kids to enjoy the college experience before signing with a professional team. The tactic works and Burt Hooton, David Chalk, and many other players postpone their professional career for at least 3 years of college.

David Hall hits .396 and leads the team in hits, doubles, total bases and RBI's.

On paper this team is one of the best ever at Texas. 

Pitchers Hooton and Street are SWC players of the Year. 6 players make the All SWC team.

Pat Brown is the only graduating starter on the team.  Brown breaks  the school career record for hits. 

Street's 12-2  pitching record ties a school record. .  Hooten was 12-0

The team is ranked number 1 

James Street pitches a no hitter against SMU  

Texas loses to NYU on the worse umpire call in the history of the CWS. 10,000 fans saw the NYU first baseman drop the ball before making a tag on Miller to end the game but the umpire calls Miller out.  Coach Gustafson protest the call, and the umpires huddle to discuss the play but none of the umpires saw the loose ball and the games committee would not over-rule the bad call. Texas loses.

1970- 45-8 Coach Cliff Gustafson SWC Champs


The pitching staff on this team holds the record for lowest ERA (1.88) During The Modern Era. 

David Chalk leads the team in batting average (.354)

Tommy Harmon is an All American in 1970.  Chalk, Hooten, and Bagwell are consensus All SWC. 

Chalk led the team in hitting with a .337 average

Comments from Tommy Harmon from

Forever remembered as one of the premier catchers in Texas Baseball history, Tommy Harmon currently serves the Longhorn Foundation in  fundraising. 

Following his collegiate career at Texas, Harmon enjoyed an eight-year professional baseball career and then embarked on a coaching journey that eventually saw him become the youngest coach in the National League as the Chicago Cubs' bullpen coach in 1982. Harmon also served as a Texas Baseball assistant and associate head coach (1989-96 and again from 2004-12).

Harmon received his bachelor's degree from Texas in 1975, and, for his accomplishments at UT and over his career, was inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor in the Fall of 1993.

A Hard Tag gets Street and Harmon in trouble with SWC.

Tommy Harmon uses a "hard" tag on a Baylor player and a angry Baylor coach runs toward home plate to protest the tag.  James Street sees the coach running at Harmon and  reacts instinctively and accidentally hits the Baylor coach in the stomach. The play makes national news. Street apologizes to the Baylor Coach, but the coach refuses his apology.  Harmon and Street are later cleared of willfull misconduct by a SWC committee but and both Longhorns but both were put on  probation.  

David Chalk is an All American in 1971 and 1972.



Lou Bagwell is an Academic All American, All American,  and receives  a NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship Award.


SWC champion Texas beats Pan American in the District playoff. 

10 players sign professional contracts.

College World series- Texas loses to USC and Florida State.

1971- 35-11 Coach Cliff Gustafson SWC Champs


This is the best hitting team in Texas baseball history

With the exception of Hooton, team lacked experience  at pitching.   Hooton suffered his first SWC defeat.  Alan Lowry helps shore up the outfield.

Burt Hooton pitches a no hitter against Sam Houston.

Team wins 25 of the last 28 games and sets a conference hitting record of .333. Walt Rothe won the conference batting championship with a .485 average and 33 base hits

Coach Gustafson says that the pitching duel between Texas Tech's Reuben Garcia and Texas Burt Hooten is the greatest pitching performance he ever witnessed. 

Texas wins the SWC but loses to Pan American in the district playoffs. 

It is  Gustafson's first absence from the CWS in 5 years .

Burt Hooton is  the first pitcher in college baseball history to be named All American three years in a row, and he holds the Texas career  record for lowest ERA of 1.14, lowest opponent batting average (.158), and most strike-outs for 9 innings (11.94) 

Arizona State head coach says that Hooton is the "best college pitcher we've ever faced- or seen,"



1971  John Langerhans leads the team in batting (.413) 

Walt Rothe sets a conference record with 33 hits.

1972- 50-9 Coach Cliff Gustafson Co-SWC Champs

Charlie Crenshaw V is the brother of the great golfer Ben Crenshaw. Charlie played CF and RF for the Longhorn baseball team from ’70-‘73. During a game with Baylor their fans starting screaming at Charlie “Hey!!! How come you’re not caddying for your brother Ben?!?!?!” Charlie responded by hitting a homerun and “saluting” the Bear fans with a profound universal gesture as he ran the basis.


Pitching is inconsistent but batting is not.  4 Longhorns are in the top 10 race for the SWC batting championship- Chalk, Berryhill, Markl, and Pyka.   This team starts the season 17-1, but fades in the middle of the season due to pitcher injuries. 

Above left to right- Mike Markl, David Chalk, and John Langerhans were the first three players in the modern era to play 4 years of baseball at Texas.

Team wins SWC but loses to Connecticut and USC in the CWS.

1973- 50-7 Coach Cliff Gustafson SWC Champs


Team sets a  modern school record with 20 consecutive victories

The 1973 recruiting class was one of the best in the history of Longhorn baseball. After the national Championship game in 1975, all but 3 members of this class signed professional contracts. 

This team equals the W-L record of the great 1972 with a different cast of players.  In 58 years the Longhorns won the SWC 48 times. 

Houston joins the SWC

Ron Roznovsky sets a school pitching record with 13 wins and throws a no hitter.

  Texas once again has to overcome Pan American to make the CWS. Texas wins the Pan American game in 13 innings 14-12.

It is Texas 16th visit to the College World Series. They lose to USC and Arizona State but tie for 3rd in the series.

Richard Wortham is the first 50-game winner in NCAA history. 

1974- 54-8 SwC Champions

This team gets off to a slow start and Terry Pyka says “The key is unity. There have been many great individuals in the past and this year’s team is no exception. After our losses to Tech and Arkansas we realized that we had to come together as a team to win the conference. We just had to get it together and we did.”



Top of the charts 1974


The designated hitter rule is added to college baseball.  Horns lead the conference in runs, triples, home runs , walks, and runs batted in.  Rick Bradley leads the Horns in SWC play with  a .414.  Pitcher Ed Gideon only allows 1.94 walks a game 


The use of Aluminum bats is approved and 8 individual seasonal hitting records are broken and 17 seasonal team records fall. Team batting average improves to .340.

This Team Holds The Texas Record For slugging percentage (.508) During The Modern Era. 

Texas beats A & M to win the SWC championship in the last SWC game played at Clark Field. The Horns dominate the Aggies 60-22-4 at Clark Field. 

During the 47 year history of Clark Field Texas wins the SWC 37 of 46 times. 22 of those Texas teams participate in the NCAA playoffs, and 2 win National Championships. 

The fans go nuts after the final game at Clark Field and start taking souvenir pieces of Billy Goat Hill. 

Rick Bradley led the Horns in hitting with a ,414 average. In pitching the Horns led the SWC in fewest runs and fewest walks.

Pan America is once again the team that Texas defeats on the road to the CWS tournament.

Texas loses to USC twice and finish's 4th at CWS. 


Keith Moreland leads the team in batting in 1973 (.349), 1974 (.399), and 1975 (.410)

Keith Moreland leads the team in batting in 1973 (.349), 1974 (.399), and 1975 (.410)




Keith Moreland is an All American who sets 5 individual season records and 7 career batting records and is inducted into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016. His jersey number 3 is retired in 2010.

David Reeves is an All American









1975-  59-6 National champs Coach Gus is SWC Coach of the Year.

Big Bats and great pitching are a National Championship combination this year.

 Jim Gideon is SWC Player of the Year. Keith Moreland, Ricky Bradley, Garry Pyka, Mickey Reichenbach , and Martin Flores were all SWC.

Team moves To The Disch-Falk Field and the Horn skill set changes with the new stadium.  Cactus states that more emphasis is put on "speed, defense, and pitching" and controlled hitting than Clark Field.  Horns are 23-1 in SWC play.  6 members of this team are selected to the All SWC team.  Gustafson record after this season is 342-65.    Jim Gideon is 12-0 and Wortham is 10-0



After 25 years and 14 appearances with no trophy  in the NCAA tournament, Texas is National Champion. 

During SWC play Texas batting average is sub-par going into the Baylor game and Coach Gustafson speculates that one of the reasons is that- like wood bats -aluminum bats have a limited useful life.  He instructs the managers to take only new aluminum bats to Waco. Texas beats Baylor in all three games, scores 44 runs on 50 hits with 11 home runs. 

This team holds the Longhorn  record for most triples ( 51), highest batting average (.325), and most shutouts (16)

Texas wins the SWC and again beats Pan American in the South Central Regionals.  




Reichenbach's home run is at 1:40




Jim Gideon ties an NCAA record with 19 victories in 1974. He is both an Academic All American and  All American in 1974 and 1975.






1976- 48-16 -Victory Lane and Defeat Avenue

Team started at 16-2 but injuries to Keith Moreland, Blair Stouffer, Rick Bradley , and Jim Gideon put the team in a major slump. OU beats the Horns for the first time in 4 years and for the first time since 1960 there was no Texas school in the CWS.


 For most baseball teams a 48-16 record would be great, but for Gustafson it was his worse year to date.  Over a 23 game game stretch the Horns were 13-10.

Richard Wortham is an All American.  He is inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010. He holds the career record of most innings pitched (456.2) and most career victories (50).

A four-year starting pitcher from 1973-1976, Wortham appeared in 75 games for the Longhorns and played an integral part in the 1975 national championship. .

Doug Duncan is an Academic All American in 1975 and 1976.

This Longhorn team sets a school record for 25 hits in one game.

Texas is SWC champion but the Longhorns lose to OU in the Regionals.

1977- 53-10- The wild bunch (fans not the team)

The wild bunch was a group of fans that’s existence will live in infamy. This group hated the Aggies and mocked them and the Aggie traditions during the games. These Horns were poor sports, and ironically this year with a record of 53-10 the Horns lost the SWC to the Aggies.


10,000 fans show up to watch the Texas Rangers play the Longhorns. Rangers win 9-4.

NCAA reduces the number of Scholarships in baseball from 20 to 13. 

Texas breaks the NCAA record by winning 34 games in a row, but for the first time since 1964 Texas does not win the SWC or make the playoffs. 

This is the first year for the SWC post season tournament.

Rocky Thompson sets a record by not striking out the entire season.

1978- 36-17  A season of frustration with a foot fault to end the season

Horns finish in 5th place in the SWC.  The baseball team did not have one sweep of a SWC team this year.  Batting average is  .211 for 7th place in the SWC. Gardenhire is injured three times- nose, wrist, and thumb. Gustafson receives  a lot of criticism from the fans this year,  but the players support him and take most of the blame for a poor year. . 

Andre Robertson is Texas first black baseball player. HOH inductee

In the Texas Tech game umpire on a perfect double play ball for the Horns says that Andre Robertson’s foot was not on the base and called the runner safe at second. The decision cost them a qualifying spot in the SWC baseball tournament.

Andre Robertson wasn’t the first black baseball player at Texas, but he was the first to receive a scholarship. That honor belongs to Gralyn Wyatt who walked on but never lettered.

Robertson batted around .330, but his glove caught 1.000.

Austin American writes an article about Longhorn baseball titled "Death of a Dynasty". The Austin American is wrong again.

Team only has one member selected to All SWC team in 1978.

1979- 61-8  SWC champs and 4th in the nation

As of the end of the 1979 season Coach Gus record was 542 and 115.  Pitching was key this year.  Ricky Wright throws a no hitter against Rice. 

The 1979 starting line up is basically the same as 1978. 

This team wins 30 of the first 31 games.

Joe Bruno sets a season record with 33 stolen basis.

A rule change allows two staff coaches on the field at the same time.

The Aggie coach says that the Longhorn pitching staff of 1979 is the best he has seen in 21 years of coaching.  

In the SWC tournament three of the four teams are in the top 20.  Baylor won the last  two baseball tournaments but the Longhorns win this one.    

Texas earns the right to play in the CWS. It is the Longhorns 25th time to compete for the National Championship and the 18th appearance in the CWS tournament. 

Texas loses to Arkansas and Pepperdine in the CWS and finish's 4th in the tournament.


Jerry Gleaton is  11-0 as the Longhorn pitcher and a first team All American.

Ron Gardenhire sets a SWC record in 1978 by driving in 10 runs against Arkansas. 


1980- 53-13  SWC Champs for the 53rd time.

21 of 39 players are rookies.

Gustafson has his 600th victory

Keith Creel is 16-1 as a pitcher.

Dave Seiler has a no hitter against SMU

Coach Gustafson says "I am probably prouder of this conference championship team than I am of any of them, because of the circumstances." 

A ball hits Coach Gustafson in the eye but he recovers near the end of the the SWC season. 

Texas is SWC champion but Texas loses to Hawaii in the regionals.



1981- 61-11-1

Coach Gustafson says the 1981 team is "the most exciting team I've ever coached."

With the exception of Tony Arnold , pitching this year was problematic with hitting the key to success. 

This team comes from behind in 28 of 61 games won.

Texas wins the 54th SWC in 66 years.

Texas beats Stanford in the regionals.

Texas beats Rice in 19 innings to clinch the  SWC tournament championship. 

Tony Arnold is an All American and is 15 -0 as pitcher and sets school records for innings pitched and complete games.

Tony Arnold pulls a groin muscle in the CWS and Mike Withrow replaces him.

Texas loses to to Arizona State twice and finishes 3rd in the CWS.

1982- 59-6

Texas wins 33 games in a row. 

The home attendance record for a single game of 8000 fans is set against OU. Texas wins game 8-0.

Gustafson at one point in the season said that his pitching staff was thin even with sophmores Roger Clemens and Calvin Schiraldi .  A bunt against the Aggies results in a homer for the Longhorns.   Longhorn Livermore says "leave it to the Aggies to turn a bunt  into a homer. I've seen that in Little League, but nowhere else."


Spike Owens leads the team, receives All American honor, and sets a career record for most runs scored (250). 

Coach Gustafson is Coach of the year

Texas is projected to win the tournament but in less than 24 hours the team is eliminated by losses to Miami and Wichita State.


1983-  66-14 National champs

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Texas faced elimination in the six-team regional, and then had to come from behind to win in four of its five College World Series games.

The club faced elimination after two games into the six-team regional in Austin, but bounced back to beat Tulane, Pan American and Mississippi State twice to advance to Omaha.

In Omaha, Texas defeated James Madison in the opener and came from behind to defeat Oklahoma State, Alabama and Michigan before scoring a 4-3 championship victory over Alabama.

By winning the College World Series in five straight games, the Longhorns became only the 10th team in NCAA baseball history to go through the Series unbeaten.

Its heroes were many and varied. First baseman Jose Tolentino hit .339, smashed 12 home runs, collected 100 hits and drove in 73 runs. Designated hitter Doug Hodo hit .345 in a platoon role with Kirk Killingworth. Catcher Jeff Hearron hit .341 with six home runs and 48 RBI. Mike Brumley and Bill Bates manned the infield with Brumley hitting .298 with 82 runs and 56 RBI as a shortstop and Bates batting .296 with 13 doubles and 69 runs as a second baseman. In the team's 66 wins, 16 different players delivered game-winning blows.

The talent on the mound was equally impressive. Pitcher Calvin Schiraldi was named All-American after posting a 14-2 record, and he and teammates Roger Clemens (13-5) and Mike Capel (13-1) all ranked in the nation's top 10 in victories. Killingsworth appeared in 30 games, including 25 as a reliever and had a 12-3 record and seven saves.








This Team Holds The Record For most games played (80), and most wins (66).    

Coach Gustafson is Coach of the year

Bill Bates is an All American and holds the Longhorn  season record for runs scored (100) and career record for most triples (20).

Calvin Schiraldi is an All American and a HOH inductee in 1997.

The great team of 1982 that finished third at CWS was basically decimated by 1982 graduations and the NBA draft.  Luckily all the pitchers in 1983 returned - Clemans, Schiraldi, Capel , and Killingsworth.  Roger  Clemens had  27 consecutive scoreless innings pitching. 

The Horns were struggling against lesser known teams losing  7 of their first 34 games vs 1982 Horns that was 34-0 before their first loss.  St. Mary's beats the Longhorns for the first time since 1978.


1984- 60-14 pending info lONGHORNS ARE RUNNERS UP IN THE cws


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 Advancing thru the double elimination bracket as the only undefeated team until Oklahoma State beats the Horns 18-13. Horns then beat Arizona State with great pitching from Greg Swindell to make the CWS finals.  

Cal State Fullerton  beats the Longhorns for the national championship. Two Horns make the CWS All-tournament team- Greg Swindell and Rusty Richards.  Swindell, Bates, Denny, Cook, and Bordreaux received regional and/or national honors. 


1985- 64-14 CWS Appearance  Runner-up for CWS championship  

This team did not have a top college hitter, but that had great pitchers. Gus says “we have scored runs in a a lot of different fashions”, but they always found a way to win. Still luck and superstition helped the horns stay in contention for the CWS. If the Horns fell behind all they had to do was flip their “rally caps” backward and the comeback would begin. They needed those rally caps against Arkansas following behind 7-0 before winning the game.

Texas needed to win only one of two games to take the title. Rally Caps can only do so much and at some point talent needs to take overd. The Horns lost both games.

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Longhorns are runners-up losing the College World Series to Miami Florida

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In 1985 Dodd was the 1st player in UT history to hit 2 successive "Monster Shots" over the centerfield wall of Disch Falk Field in a single season. Dodd contributed on many occasions that year including an unforgettable series hitting 9 for 11 against the Aggies on their home turf. Dodd's father Bill “Bull” Johnson played football for the Horns from 1951-1953.

This season had two long winning streaks and a slump that almost cost the team the SWC.

Swindell has a 19-1 record and three shutouts in 1985.  


1985 team has the most @ bats (2512), Most runs (663), most hits (785), most runs batted in (597), most bases on balls ((548), and most strike-outs (618).  

David Denny is an All American and holds the  Texas career record for most hits (296), most runs batted-in (228), and most doubles (78). 

1986- 51-14

SWC champions but lose to Pepperdine in NCAA regionals. 

Greg Swindell holds the Longhorn career record for most strikeouts (501) and the season records for most shutouts (6), most complete games (15), most strikeouts as a pitcher (204),  most victories (19), and most innings pitched (172).  He is freshman of the year in 1984 and the National Player of the Year in 1985 for Baseball America.  Greg is a GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD FINALISTS IN 1984,1985,and 1986.




1987- 61-11



Brian Cisarik sets the season Longhorn  record for batting average (.429), and on base percentage (.535).


Curt Krippner is first team All American.

Kevin Garner is an All American

College World Series appearance

1988- 58-11-1

SWC Champs and seeded first in the NCAA Central Regional NCAA tournament, but the Cal Golden Bears beat the Horns.

Brian Johnson  is an All American.





Kirk Dressendorfer is National Freshman Player of the Year and an All American in 1988, 1989 ,and 1990.  Posting a career record of 45-8, including a single-season record 15 complete games. Kirk was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in July 2009.


1989- 54-18 The year of the injuries finished 2nd in the SWC

This Team Holds The Record For most doubles (177).  

College World Series appearance

Scott Bryant holds the Longhorn  season record for most total bases (199), most doubles (32), and most runs batted in (112). He wins the Dick Howser Trophy in 1989. He is an All American and a GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD FINALISTS.

Pitcher Mark Smith is lost to Tendonitis for the year. David Klvac left the team . Jeff Seale injured his arm , and Mike Bradley was still recovering from shoulder surgery. Hitting made this year a success.

With all the injuries, It was a surprise that the Horns made it to the CWS, and more unbelievable is that they came within 3 runs of winning the NCAA championship against Wichita State .

1990- 51-17 pending information

Pitching was the strength this year , and the stats proved it. The ERA for the opposing teams dropped to a 3.20 in 1990. Near the end of the season the team had a 16 game winning streak. The team lost three key pitchers this year to injury- Kirk Dressendorfer, Roger Luce, and King. These injuries cost them the SWC, but the players won the SWC tournament. Cal State Fullerton stopped the Horns drive to the CWS i regionals.


1991- 48-19 pending information

SWC Champions

Brooks Kieschnick is an All American who leads the team in batting (.358) and is freshman of the Year in  1991 and National player of the year in 1993 for Baseball AmericaHe wins the Dick Howser Trophy in 1992 and 1993.  He is a GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD FINALISTS in 1992, and 1993.






1992- 48-17 pending information

College World Series appearance. For Coach Gus 25th birthday with the Horns, he receives another invitation to the CWS.

The team was led by Calvin Murray and Brooks Kieschnick. Scott Harrison was the SWC top hurler in 1992.

Calvin Murray sets the Longhorn career record of stolen bases - 139 and leads the team in batting (.351)· First-Team All-American in 1992

NCAA Regional's Outstanding Player

Finished Texas career with a .311 batting average, 197 runs scored with 14 triples, eight home runs and 139 stolen bases

Southwest Conference's all-time leader in stolen bases

Selected a member of the USA Baseball National Team and represented the U.S. in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

Shea Morenz signs with Texas instead of taking the money and playing for the Toronto Blue Jays. He is the most heavily recruited player in the state. As a Senior in high school he batted .507. His first at bat with the Horns he hit a home run against Cal-State Fullerton. Shea was mature beyond his years. He was under tremendous pressure at Texas to perform in baseball and football. He said teammates, coaches, classmate, his parents were all trying to run his life, and he chose to listen to his heart instead of any of them. He said “ once you start letting ….people run you life, you’re just a dummy out there in the field, going through the motions. I’m here to enjoy myself, and to enjoy the athletics I’m taking part in. I don’t want that jeopardized by people’s expectation of me.”


1993- 51-16 pending information

Kieschnick is SWC most valuable player . Hickman is All SWC. Gustafson becomes the winningest active Division I coach . This was a year of ups and downs for the team, but the results did not change. Texas makes it to the CWS.



1994- 43-21 Gus Ball

In 1994 Coach Gus became the winningest coach in Division I history with 1333 wins.

Steve Heinrich walked on and became a starter for Coach Gus . Wylie Campbell as a freshman had a great positive impact on the team and in 1996 made the Olympic baseball team.



SWC champs

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1995- 44-19 pending information

Horns win their first 15 games on the strength of Chris Edelstein, Kip Harkider, and Wiley Campbell. Cal State hands Coach Gus his worse loss (3-17). Coach concedes that his pitching staff is not strong and his relievers were not throwing quality pitches.




1996- 39-24 pending information

SWC Champs

In 1998 catcher Brian Johnson during a one week span hit 2- 400 plus feet homers at UFCU field

Coach made decisions by statistics and by  percentages.

Coach Gus in Reflection

Darrell Royal the athletic director in 1968 gets credit for hiring Cliff. Darrell Royal offered Gus the job over the phone. When Royal asked how much he was making at South San, Gustafson was embarrassed to tell him that he was making a lofty sum of $11,500. So Gus said to Royal I am making $10,500. Royal offered him the same amount to come to Texas.

Years later Royal was asked if he ever dreamed Gustafson would be so successful. He responded "Hell, no, If I'd known that, I'd have gone down there in my car to hire him instead of calling him on the phone."

Gus’s record includes:

  • 22 Conference titles

  • 11 SWC Tournament Championships

  • 2 National Championship -( 1975 and 1983)

  • NCAA record 17 appearances to the College World Series

  • Won lost record of 1466-377-2 record

  • Member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame

  • 1994 inductee into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame

  • 1998 received the James Keller Sportsmanship Award

  • Coach makes decisions during his coaching years by statistics and by  percentages.

Gus won because he had a eye for talent, a recruiting moral compass,work-outs that preached repetition as the mother of all baseball skills, and a style of play called GusBall - a gambling, run-a-bunch style in which nobody worries about hits. His teams won by using discipline and patience at the plate. No team on any level took more pitches than Texas. Many times the Horns had more runs than hits. In 1981 against Baylor the Horns scored seven runs on one hit in the last inning to win 13-6.

Recruits loved Gus’s down home and upfront interaction, but he was not happy when a recruit recanted a promise so Gus held his moral ground. A high school catcher from California, Jeff Hearron, promised to come to Texas so Gus moved on to recruiting other athletes in other positions. Gus and Jeff were talking on the phone when Jeff said he he might go to Arizona State. Hearron told Gus he was going to “pray over his decision”. Gus responded "So am I, only I'm going to pray that the Lord will forgive you for being a liar." Hearron joined the Longhorns

Gus hated travel and change so much he would massage the baseball schedule to get as many home games as possible. One year The Horns played 38 of 48 regular- season games at home. Sometimes changes was even worse than travel. Someone threw away his coffee cup after the handle broke. He was furious at losing a cup that had served him well for 19 years. Super glue could have fixed his prize possession.

As of 1994- 35 of his players made it to the majors, including Boston's Roger Clemens and Houston's Greg Swindell but he says " I'm just as proud of coaching three orthopedic surgeons."

Gustafson doesn't just coach he teaches. Longhorn Shortstop Spike Owen was asked if Gustafson had ever done anything to help his game. "Naw, not really," says Owen. "All I can think of is that I used to take two or three little crow hops before I'd throw. He got that out of me in a week. My footwork deep in the hole was terrible, and he fixed that. He changed my throwing from over the top to three-quarters. He changed my grip on the bat entirely. Then he changed my stance. So he hasn't changed me much."

Pitcher Calvin Schiraldi says, "All Coach Gus is, is a genius." Dodger Pitcher Burt Hooton, says, "I've always wanted to be just like Gus, but so far the only similarity is we're both bald." Howard Richards, a member of the Texas Board of Regents, says, "I wish we could clone Cliff and let him coach every sport." Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds before they parted ways said "If you took the best parts of all coaches, you'd get a Gus."

The overriding point is that Gustafson loved baseball. As a master chess player baseball nurtured his competitive spirit and he was able to master most other teams as the head coach of the Longhorns. But like DKR in football in the end of his career he said "the only bad thing is that the agony of defeat sure lasts a lot longer than the ecstasy of victory. It shouldn't be that way." Royal resigned siting this as one of the reason he left coaching. Cliff Gustafson left for many more complicated reasons.

Coach Gustafson's  contributions to Longhorn traditions represents  a portal to the past that reminds Longhorn fans that heritage shapes the present and empowers the future.