Rusty Filter Named Broncos Head Baseball Coach

Rusty Filter Named Broncos Head Baseball Coach

June 26, 2017


SANTA CLARA, Calif.Rusty Filter, the longtime associate head coach at Stanford under the legendary Mark Marquess, has been hired as Santa Clara's baseball coach.

Filter spent the last eight years at Stanford where he was among the top pitching coaches in the nation.

He helped the Cardinal reach the NCAA Tournament five times, including three trips to the Super Regional, and developed 20 pitchers who were selected in the MLB Draft, including seven this year, for Marquess who retired this month as the fourth-winningest coach in NCAA Division I history.

Filter, a standout pitcher for San Diego State, has the distinction of mentoring two top overall picks in the MLB Draft.

While serving as the pitching coach for his alma mater, Stephen Strasburg was chosen first overall by the Washington Nationals in the 2009 MLB Draft. Four years later, Stanford's Mark Appel was taken No. 1 overall by the Houston Astros. Appel, a 2013 first-team All-American, finished his career atop the program's charts in career wins, strikeouts and innings pitched.

Filter also coached two other top 20 picks. Chris Reed (San Diego State) was selected No. 16 overall in 2011 by Los Angeles Dodgers and Cal Quantrill (Stanford) was picked eighth by San Diego Padres.

This past year, Stanford ranked No. 14 nationally with a 3.42 ERA. The Cardinal also produced 23 saves, which led the Pac-12 Conference.

The Cardinal was also 14th in the country, including first in the Pac-12, in ERA (3.17) during the 2016 season.

Before heading to Stanford for the 2010 season, Filter spent 21 years at San Diego State, the final 16 on the coaching staff. During his time as an assistant, the Aztecs had 58 pitchers drafted and signed to professional contracts under head coaches Jim Dietz and Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn.

Under Filter's guidance, San Diego State led the Mountain West Conference in ERA in six of the league's first 10 seasons, and ranking in the top three each of those years.

Filter began his SDSU playing career (1987-90) as a catcher, but thrived on the mound. As a senior in 1990, the four-year letterman helped lead the team to the NCAAs by appearing in 37 games (tied for second on SDSU single-season list) and notching a career-best six saves. Toronto selected him in the 1990 MLB Draft, but he embarked on his coaching career the following season as assistant and junior varsity coach for the Aztecs.

In 1993 and 1994, Filter served as the pitching coach for the Fairbanks Goldpanners of the Alaska Summer League.


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