Legacy at Pacific:
Brian Kolze enters his 27th season at the helm of the Tiger Softball program. With an all-time record of 749-678-1, the Lodi, CA native has earned his spot as the winningest coach in Pacific Softball history. Since joining Pacific in 1992, the Orange and Black have made seven NCAA Regional appearances and clinched one conference title (2011).
Kolze came to Pacific in 1992 to build the top-25 program he envisioned. He accomplished this feat in just his second year in Stockton as he led Pacific to a .500 finish (30-30 record) in 1994, the first since 1990, and 14-18 conference mark. The Tigers remained among the top-25 for majority of the 1994 season and broke the national rank mark once more during following the 1996 season, finishing as high as No. 20 in the NFCA/USA Today Coaches Poll. Pacific made it's first-ever NCAA Regional appearance under Kolze during the 1998 season, as he led the Orange and Black to a 19-10 record earning his first Big West Coach of the Year award. The Tigers fell just two victories short of reaching the Women's College World Series that year.
Since then, Kolze has carried on a tradition of winning and excellence that has been evident across all of his programs during his two-decade coaching career.
-A four-time Conference Coach of the Year, 642 of Kolze's wins come as a member of the Big West Conference. Since joining the West Coast in 2014, Kolze has compiled a conference record of 37-38 to go along with an overall record of 107-145.
-During his 27-year tenure 66 members have been selected to their respective All-Conference team.
-On April 2nd, 2000 Kolze became Pacific's career leader for coaching victories, earning his 207th win with an 11-0 shutout at Utah State.
-In 2001, Kolze established a school-record for single-season wins (50-13) while being named the Big West Coach of the Year. Kolze, along with assistant head coach Heather Tarr, were named to the NFCA West All-Region Coaching Staff that year guiding the Orange and Black to a No. 18 national ranking and just one win shy of the Women's College World Series.
-Kolze picked up his 600th win on March 27th, 2012 as the Tigers shutout Cal State Bakersfield, 5-0. He currently ranks second all-time in Big West history with 260-244-1.
-Kolze grabbed his 700th career victory on April 16th, 2016 also on the road in dramatic fashion as the Tigers topped WCC-foe Saint Mary's, 3-2, in ten innings.
-Kolze also played part in the Tigers' 1,000th victory mark on April 22, 2011 with a 7-3 victory over UC Riverside.
2017-2018: The Tigers battled through adversity and pieced together a commendable season in the face of tough competition. Following a rough nonconference schedule of eight top-25 teams, Pacific found their stride during the second half of the year going 9-6 in conference and winning three out of five slated conference series. The Orange and Black also picked up a 6-0 nonconference win against Stanford (Apr. 18). Pacific finished with an overall record of 20-27, having five athletes garner WCC-All Conference Team honors and two NFCA All-West Region honors.
2016-2017: A historic year for Pacific softball, Kolze's squad of 10 upper classmen closed out the regular season on a nine-game win streak and 28-26 record- their best record since joining the West Coast Conference in 2013-2014. The Orange and Black also found their way as hosts for the play-in National Invitational Softball Championships (NISC), beating out UCSB for an eventual season finale heartbreaker, 9-8, against University of Nevada Reno. Six student-athletes were named to the WCC All-Conference Team, including WCC Co-Freshman of the Year and NFCA All-West Region recipient Hailey Reed.
2015-2016: Following a strong nonconference outing, including a 2-1 upset against No. 3 ranked LSU to open up the year (Feb. 13), Pacific's postseason hopes were cut short as it closed out the regular season with a record of 20-28 and 3-12 in conference. Despite a disappointing end to the season, five players were named All-WCC recipients including All-WCC Second team and NFCA All-West Region honoree Rachel Sellers.
2014-2015: Kolze's Tigers had a challenging stretch to begin their 2015 campaign. Playing in three notable tournaments and facing notables such as Oregon State, No. 3 Alabama, and No. 18 Washington, Pacific was faced with tough competition early on. After a rough start, the Orange and Black utilized their tough battles toward the later half of the year, closing out WCC play with a 7-2 record for a strong finish. Pacific split a doubleheader midway through the season against Penn State (March 10) and stunned No. 9 Baylor in Cal State Fullerton's Judi Garman Classic, 6-3 (March 7). The Tigers finished with an overall record of 19-36, 7-8 in conference. That year Kolze had seven players recognized with All-WCC accolades.
2013-2014: 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.
2010-2011 (Big West Championship): 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.
International Coaching/NFCA Committee:
Kolze spent the summer of 2005 as as an assistant coach for the US Softball National Elite team which won a silver medal at the Canada Cup. Kolze also aided the US National Elite team to a gold medal 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.
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.
Life Prior to Pacific:
Prior to coaching, Kolze played 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.
Kolze played baseball at Cal State Northridge and received his degree in Journalism with a minor in political science. He both played and coached for Stockton's Robertson Homes Class "B" men's fastpitch softball team which finished third in the 1989 National Tournament.
Kolze married Mari Jo Milano in September of 2003. The couple have three children; Betsy, Mendy and Beau.