“It matters not that you won or lost,
but how you played the game.”








Brian Kolze was born in Sacramento but grew up in the Lodi area and attended St. Mary’s (1975) and Tokay (1976-78) High Schools before attending Moorpark (1979) and San Joaquin Delta (1980-82) Junior Colleges. He then attended Cal State Northridge (1983-84). He played baseball at each school he attended.

He began coaching softball at U.N.L.V. in 1988 as an assistant coach with two teams (1990 & 1991) that made it to the College World Series. In 1991 he was an assistant coach at Sacramento State.

He became the Head Softball Coach at University of the Pacific in 1992. In the 2015-16 season, Brian’s team achieved his 700th college win. Brian has the most victories in Pacific history, with an overall record of 723 wins and 663 losses (.522). His teams have had twelve 30-win seasons. His 2001 team had 50 wins and 13 losses. His 2002 team went 21-3 in the Big West Conference. He had 12 consecutive winning seasons (1996-2007) and his team was Big West Conference Champion in 2011. His teams have eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament (1998, ’09, 2001-04, ’07, and ’11).

Brian was named Big West Conference Coach of the Year four times (1998, 2001, ’02, ’11). He has coached ten All-Americans, four Academic All-Americans, 96 Big West All-Conference selections, and 13 Big West Conference Pitcher/Player of the Year honorees.

He has been an assistant coach for the USA elite team during the 2005 season and was assistant head coach for the White Rock Renegades in 1990 and ’91 in the British Columbia Canadian summer leagues.

Brian serves on numerous NCAA softball selection and rules committees.

Locally Brian has raised approximately $1.3 million for program facility upgrades and enhancements, mostly for the Simoni Field, stands, press box, batting cages, scoreboard, dugouts, and lights.

Brian is married to Mari Jo and has three stepchildren, Betsy, Mindy, and Beau.

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