Stockton Leaves Hogs To Return To Alma Mater
from the TAMK Sports Information office (06/27/08)
The winningest coach in A&M-Kingsville history will move to Houston as an assistant coach.
After 10 successful seasons as head coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville, Russell Stockton will return to the University of Houston as an assistant baseball coach.
Stockton was the winningest baseball coach in Texas A&M-Kingsville history. In 10 seasons he won 275 games (275-273). His 275th win was a historic victory as the Javelinas beat top-seed and nationally ranked Abilene Christian to clinch the 2008 Lone Star Conference Tournament to advance to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
“What a way to go out,” said Stockton. “Winning the conference championship and beating Abilene at their place was a real highlight. The last game you won was against one of the best teams in Division II. It was fantastic. What a way to conclude my career by putting a ring on the kid’s fingers.”
Stockton played at Houston and was an assistant coach from 1991 to 1994 for his father Bragg.
“Things have come full circle,” said Stockton. “I started there (Houston) 17 years ago. My wife (Linda) was a three-time All-America diver there. Two of my sisters got their degrees there. It’s a great opportunity to go back home again and I’m real excited about it.”
Stockton won two conference championships, took the Javelinas to a top-10 national ranking and earned conference coach of the year honors.
Stockton’s teams were always known for solid pitching, an aggressive offensive approach and the ability to compete for a conference championship each season.
In his final year as head coach, he took the Hogs into the Lone Star Conference Tournament as the #6 seed and beat Abilene Christian twice on their home field to win the conference title.
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