2014 Inductee
Steve Hertz

Steve Hertz

Coming over to Pierce College after playing third base at Taft High, Steve joined the Brahmas with Hall of Famer Doug DeCinces for the "69 season. Hertz took to the mound, pitching for the first time since his sophomore year at Chaffey High School. He transferred to Gonzaga University his college sophomore year, completing his 3 year Bulldog career with a 19-8 record being named All-Big Sky Conference as a senior in 1972. He still remains in the Bulldog pitching record book ranking in the career top ten in wins (19), strikeouts (226) and shutouts (7).

After college Steve signed a professional contract with the Minnesota Twins and pitched for 3 seasons in their farm system including a stint with the Yankees organization in the Florida State League.

In the interim between his pro ball and college coaching career, Steve taught and coached at Cal Prep, a small private school, where he cofounded the Liberty League to serve interscholastic high school athletes in the San Fernando Valley.

In 1978, he started what would be a long and successful coaching career at the Division I level. Two years at UC Irvine and 24 years at Gonzaga University resulted in 697 wins, during which time he was named Coach of the Year 5 times. He stands as the winningest coach in Gonzaga history.

Coach Hertz currently serves as an Associate Athletic Director at Gonzaga. He continues his relationship with the baseball program from the radio broadcast booth. Steve and his wife Vicki are proud parents of six children and 10 grandchildren.