Brian Kolze, the winningest coach in Pacific softball program history, is in his 26th season at the helm of the program and the fifth for the Tigers as a member of the West Coast Conference in 2017-18.
Kolze reached his 700th career victory on the road against WCC-foe Saint Mary's on April 16th, 2016 as the Tigers topped the Gaels 3-2 in ten innings. Kolze now sits at 701 career wins as he enters the 2017 season.
Kolze's squad saw seven student-athletes named to All-Conference honors in 2015, including Nicole Zapotoczny who picked up first team honors.
In 2014, Kolze oversaw the remarkable season of WCC Player of the Year Taylor Petty. Petty joined senior Gabby Goyette and sophomore Melanie Habib on the All-WCC First team while sophomores Sara Anderson and Nicole Zapotoczny were named to the conference second team. The five All-Conference selections represent the most for Pacific since the 2012 campaign, when nine Tigers picked up conference awards.
Kolze picked up his 600th win in 2012 when the Tigers defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 10-0 (5 inn.) on March 27. He currently ranks second in all-time wins in Big West history and has posted over 200 wins in Big West play, having tallied an all-time conference record of 260-244-1 (.514). He was in the dugout for the program's 1,000th victory as Pacific hit the millenium mark on April 22, 2011 with a 7-3 win over UC Riverside.
The 2011 Big West Coach of the Year, Kolze guided the Tigers to their first-ever Big West championship in 2011 after going 16-5 in conference play while posting a 37-19 overall record. With the conference championship, the Tigers picked up their 12th bid to the NCAA tournament and eighth under Kolze. Under the watchful eye of Kolze, the Tigers put a record number of players on the all-conference first team in 2011 as Pacific claimed seven spots on the Big West's top postseason team, one better than the previous record. Additionally, the Tigers set program and conference records in hitting during the championship campaign as Kolze guided the Tigers to a .323 average in 56 games, shattering the program's (.299) and Big West's (.311) previous records.
Coming off of a record breaking offensive season in 2011, the 2012 Tigers were nearly as good as Pacific finished the year hitting .307 as a team, ranking No. 23 in the nation and third all-time in Big West history. On top of their batting average, the Tigers led the way in the Big West in almost every offensive category as Pacific was tops in: slugging (.439), on-base% (.390), runs (260), hits (430), RBI (235), doubles (80), home runs (34), walks (169) and total bases (614).
Kolze came to Pacific in 1992 to build the top-25 program he envisioned. He accomplished the feat in just his second year as he led Pacific to a .500 finish in 1994, the first since 1990, with a 30-30 overall record and a 14-18 conference mark. The Tigers were among the top 25 for most of the 1994 season and again broke into the top 25 in 1996, ranking as high as No. 20 in the NFCA/USA Today Coaches Poll.
Pacific made its first NCAA Regional appearance since the 1985 season in 1998, as Kolze guided the Tigers to their best-ever Big West Conference record at that time (19-10). For his efforts, he earned his first career Big West Conference Coach of the Year distinction. The Tigers fell just two victories shy of reaching the Women's College World Series.
In 2000, Kolze became the program's career leader for coaching victories, earning his 207th win as the Tigers posted an 11-0 shutout victory at Utah State on April 2.
Kolze established a program-record for single season wins when the Tigers posted a 50-13 record during the 2001 campaign. He was named Big West Coach of the Year in 2001 for the second time in his career. Kolze and assistant coach Heather Tarr were named the 2001 NFCA West Region Coaching Staff of the Year after guiding the Tigers to within one win of the Women's College World Series and a No. 18 final national ranking.
Kolze also brought international coaching experience to the Tigers in 2005 after spending the summer as an assistant coach for the US National Elite team that won a silver medal at the Canada Cup and brought home the gold at the Intercontinental Cup in Spain in July of 2005.
Kolze is a nationally known clinician, having sat on the legislative committee for the NFCA from 1993-95. He served as chair of the NFCA All-America Committee from 1996-99 and was a member of the NCAA Softball Rules Committee from 1996-99. In 2004-05, Kolze sat as a member of the NCAA Softball Championship Committee.
A 1984 graduate of Cal State Northridge with a journalism degree and a minor in political science, Kolze is regarded as one of the finest recruiters in the country. He has recruited and coached All-Americans at UNLV, Sacramento State and Pacific.
Kolze prepped at nearby Tokay High School in Lodi, Calif. Also a Tiger at Tokay, he played baseball and soccer prior to attending San Joaquin Delta College and Cal State Northridge, where he played baseball. He was a player/coach for Stockton's Robertson Homes Class "B" men's fastpitch softball team that finished third at the 1989 national tournament.
Kolze married the former Mari Jo Milano in September of 2003. The couple have three children; Betsy, Mendy and Beau.