Gary Pullins Athlete Profile

#1 Gary Pullins

Gary Pullins
Position: Second Base Height: 5-9 Weight: 155 Roster Years: 1967-1968 Hometown: Glendale, AZ Mission: Mexico Hall of Fame: 2007 Last School: Glendale High School

  • 2007 Baseball



As a player

  • Second-team all-district
  • All-WAC Northern Division First team
  • Led the team in hitting with a .341 batting average 
  • Set season record with 54 runs
  • Played second base for BYU's first College World Series team

As a coach

  • Named District Coach of the Year four times
  • Named WAC Coach of the Year nine times
  • Diamond Division I Baseball Coach of the Year, 1985
  • Inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame

2007 Hall of Fame Inductee

Gary Pullins transformed the BYU baseball team into a powerhouse throughout his coaching career. As the seventh head baseball coach at BYU, Pullins ranked 16th among active NCAA Division I baseball coaches with 913 wins upon retirement. 

Under Pullins' direction, the Cougars won seven Western Athletic Conference titles and 15 division crowns. He also led the baseball team to the NCAA Regional Tournament nine times. 

Pullins' talent did not go unnoticed during his coaching career. As a result of his success, he was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004. In addition Pullins was also named District Coach of the Year four times, WAC Coach of the Year nine times and Diamond Division I Baseball Coach of the Year in 1985. 

In 1983, Pullins guided his team to the Cougars' only No. 1 ranking in program history as they entered the NCAA Tournament with a 25-game winning streak. 

Pullins' success at BYU started long before his coaching career. He played baseball as a Cougar during his college days after transferring in 1966. A two-year starter at second base, Pullins helped his team get to the 1968 College World Series. A natural team leader, the team captain hit .341 and earned second-team all-district honors. 

After graduating, Pullins spent five years with the Los Angeles Dodgers as both a player and a coach. He then returned to Utah and pioneered the baseball program as both a coach and athletic director at UVSC. 

Pullins earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish from BYU in 1969 and a master's degree in physical education and health science in 1975. He has been married for 35 years. His wife, Kathy, serves as the Associate Dean at the J. Rueben Clark Law School. They are the parents of four sons and proud grandparents of three girls. 

Since retiring, Pullins has maintained his passion for baseball. He served a term as president of the American Baseball Coaches Association and co-authored The Baseball Coaching Bible and Teaching the Complete Baserunner.

Personal

  • Born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Served an LDS church mission to Mexico
  • B.A. in Spanish from BYU, 1969
  • M.S. in physical education and health science from BYU, 1975
  • Played baseball at BYU from 1967-68

Before BYU

As a player

  • Prepped at Glendale High
  • Was all-state as a senior
  • Coached by Jack Watson
  • Played at Grand Canyon College, 1963
  • Played at Arizona Western Junior College, 1966
  • Was an all-conference shortstop at Arizona Western JC

As a coach

  • Finished education at BYU
  • Spent five years with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a player and a coach
  • Coached at UVSC
  • Became the Athletic Director at UVSC

After BYU

  • Served a term as president of the American Baseball Coaches Association
  • Co-authored The Baseball Coaching Bible and Teaching the Complete Baserunner

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Inducted into the BYU hall of fame in 2007

Stats

 

Year    Avg.   G   AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR   RBI    TB   BB   SO  SB

1967   .242   47  157   35   38    4    2    3    17    55   31   17   2

1968   .395   48  176   54   60    6    3    7    34    93   30   29   9

Coaching Stats

  • Under him, the team won seven Western Athletic Conference Titles and 15 division crowns
  • Led his team to nine NCAA Regional Tournaments
  • Ranked 16th among active NCAA Division I coaches with 913 wins upon retirement
  • Named District Coach of the Year four times
  • Named WAC Coach of the Year nine times
  • Diamond Division I Baseball Coach of the Year, 1985
  • Inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame, 2007


1967 | Junior Year

  • Set a school record with 31 walks

1968 | Senior Year

  • Second-team all-district
  • All-WAC Northern Division First team
  • Led the team in hitting
  • Set season record with 54 runs
  • Played second base for BYU's first College World Series team
  • Captained the team with Steve Davis