Two men will receive the prestigious ABCA/Dave Keilitz Ethics in Coaching Award in 2018: longtime Stanford University head coach Mark Marquess and California high school baseball legend Guy Anderson. The pair, who have over 90 years of combined coaching coaching experience, will be presented the award during the clinics at the ABCA Convention on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 in Indianapolis.
The ABCA Ethics in Coaching Award honors individuals who embody the ABCA Code of Ethics. The American Baseball Coaches Association believes that the highest calling of a baseball coach is to teach life's lessons and model the character traits of honesty, integrity, respect and personal responsibility. In 2017, the award was named in honor of longtime ABCA Board Member, Hall of Fame inductee and former Executive Director Dave Keilitz.
Both Anderson and Marquess are members of the ABCA Hall of Fame and Lifetime ABCA members. For their careers, the two coaches have combined for more than 2,500 wins.
Anderson has been heavily involved in the ABCA, serving as a committee member and Chair of both the ABCA High School All-America/Coach of the Year committee and the High School Divisional organization for many years. He has also served on the ABCA Hall of Fame Veterans Committee since 2003.
Anderson, who currently serves as an assistant coach at Capital Christian School in Sacramento, California, was longtime head coach at Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova. He guided the program to 927 wins, which was the most in Northern California high school history and second-most in the state of California as of 2015. Anderson reached the 900-win plateau during the 2014 season, becoming just the second coach in California high school state history to do so.
During his career at Cordova, Anderson's teams won 15 league championships and five section championships in the California Interscholastic Federation Sac-Joaquin Section.
Anderson coached 24 players who were drafted by Major League teams, including 2008 World Series Champion Geoff Jenkins and former Major League manager Jerry Manuel.
In recognition of his accomplishments, Anderson has been inducted into several Halls of Fame including the ABCA. He has been inducted to the National High School Hall of Fame, the California Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Rancho Cordova Sports Hall of Fame and the Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame. In 2003, he was voted “Master Coach” by Easton Sports.
Marquess finished his 41st and final season at the helm of his alma mater, Stanford University, in 2017. A member of the American Baseball Coaches and the Stanford Athletics Halls of Fame, Marquess finished as the fourth-winningest coach in NCAA Div. I history with a career record of 1,627-878-7 (.649).
Marquess guided his Stanford clubs to 30 NCAA Tournament appearances, 10 appearances in the College World Series and a pair of College World Series championships (1987 and 1988). The Cardinal also won 12 Pac-10 regular season championships. Marquess is one of only 10 men to have both played in and coached at the College World Series in baseball.
Over 200 Cardinal players were chosen in the draft during his tenure. Of the 60 former Marquess-players that reached the Major Leagues, 52 have earned their degrees.
Well-known on the international level, Marquess was the recipient of the 1996 ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award for his contributions to the game around the world. In 1988, he won International Coach of the Year honors after leading the United States Olympic team to a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, the first gold medal in baseball for the United States.
Serving as head coach of USA Baseball in 1981, Marquess guided the U.S. collegiate team to a gold medal at the World Games in Santa Clara, California. Following that accomplishment, he led the club to the gold medal at the Intercontinental Cup in Edmonton, Canada.
From 1989 through 1998, Marquess served as president of USA Baseball.
A 1969 graduate of Stanford, Marquess signed with the Chicago White Sox organization in 1969 and spent four seasons as a professional baseball player before getting a taste of coaching as a player-coach with Des Moines' Triple-A team in 1973. Marquess was an assistant coach on the Boulder Collegians squad that captured the 1975 National Semi-Pro championship.
Prior to his appointment as head coach in 1977, Marquess spent five seasons (1972-76) as an assistant under Ray Young at Stanford.
Marquess earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford in 1969. He completed his master's degree in political science at San Jose State in 1976.