Vance Law, former major league all-star and dual-sport Cougar athlete, enters his 11th year at the helm of the baseball program after compiling a 10-year record of 317-263-2 (.546).
Law guided BYU to win a second consecutive Mountain West Conference Tournament title by upsetting league champion San Diego State in 2002.
That upset in Provo led the Cougars to another NCAA Tournament berth where they eliminated No. 15 Cal State Northridge and were knocked out by USC in the 12th inning.
In the 2001 season, he was named MWC Coach of the Year after leading BYU to the title as well as upsets at No. 15 Cal-Fullerton and No. 30 Oral Roberts. In his first year, Law's Cougars swept then No. 19 Arizona in a two-game series and they upset then No. 2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa ending a 15-game Crimson Tide home winning streak.
Before coming to BYU, Law was the head baseball coach at Provo High School, where he compiled a 64-55 (.538) record in five seasons. In 1997, he led the Bulldogs to the state title (18-9 record) and was named 4A Coach of the Year. He previously had served for two seasons as an assistant coach at Utah Valley State College in 1993-94.
The infielder/outfielder played 14 years of professional baseball, including 10 on the major league level with a career .257 batting average. He started out as a 39th round draft pick and worked his way up with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1978-81), Chicago White Sox (1982-84), Montreal Expos (1985-87), Chicago Cubs (1988-89), and Oakland Athletics (1991). He also played in 1990 for the Chunichi Dragons in Nagoya, Japan.
In 1988, the third baseman was one of six Cubs named to the National League All-Star team in the game played at Cincinnati. He was selected the Most Valuable Cub by the Baseball Writers Association and also received the Ken Hubbs Memorial Award. He was also elected National League Player Representative in the Player's Association, which was involved in negotiations with team owners.
For the past 18 years, he has served as a resource player for the major league rookie training.
The Provo High graduate was a three-time All-Western Athletic Conference shortstop at BYU, where he played from 1974-78. He was also a starting guard with the BYU basketball team, where he lettered three seasons (1975-77). He was All-WAC Academic in both baseball and basketball.
Sports Illustrated selected him 19th on its list of Utah's 50 greatest athletes of the century.
Vance is the third son of Vernon Law, former Cy Young Award pitcher in 1960 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, when he also was named to the all-star team. Vernon, who is married to VaNita McGuire and they have six children, spent 11 years as an assistant coach at BYU from 1969-79.
Vance is married to the former Sharon Metten also of Provo, and they have five children: Tim, (a former first baseman for the Cougars for three years); Andrew and Adam, both infielders at BYU--Adam is currently serving a Church mission to Zimbabwe; and two daughters.