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Vance Law

Coaching Statistics

VANCE LAW'S MAJOR LEAGUE STATISTICS
 Year G AB R H 2B 3B HRRBI Avg.
1980 25 74 11 17 2 2 0 3 .230
1981 30 67 1 9 0 1 0 3 .134
1982 114 359 40 101 20 1 5 54 .281
1983 145 408 55 99 21 5 4 42 .243
1984 151 481 60 121 18 2 17 59 .252
1985 147 519 75 138 30 6 10 52 .266
1986 112 360 37 81 17 2 5 44 .225
1987 133 436 52 119 27 1 12 56 .273
1988 151 556 73 163 29 2 11 78 .293
1989 130 408 38 96 22 3 7 42 .235
1990 122 457 69 143 24 1 29 78 .313
1991 74 134 11 28 7 1 0 9 .209
Total 1334 4279 522 1115 217 27 100 520 .261 


COACH LAW AT BYU

 Year W L T
2000 29 29 0 3rd in MWC
2001 38 22 0 1st in MWC
2002 31 31 1 3rd in MWC
2003 30 24 0 2ndT in MWC
2004 28 30 0 4th in MWC
2005 39 19 1 2nd in MWC
2006 33 28 0 2nd in MWC
2007 37 20 0 2nd in MWC
2008 22 36 0 4th in MWC
2009 30 24 0 3rd in MWC
2010 27 31 0 4th in MWC 
2011 31 27 0 3rd in MWC
2012 22 27 0 7th in WCC
13-year Total: 397-348-2 (. 533)


COACH LAW AT PROVO HIGH SCHOOL

 Year W L
1999 11 13
1998 6 14
1997 18 9 State Champions
1996 16 9
1995 13 10
Total 64 55 (.538) 


COLLEGE COACHES WHO PLAYED IN THE MAJORS

Active Coach, College Team Major League Team
Scott Bradley, Princeton Mariners
Wayne Graham, Rice Mets, Phillies
Darin Erstad, Nebraska, Angels, White Sox, Astros
Tony Gwynn, San Diego State Padres
Vance Law, BYU Pirates, Chisox, Cubs, Expos, A's
Terry Puhl, Houston-Victoria Astros, Royals
Steve Rodriguez, Pepperdine, Red Sox, Tigers
John Stuper, Yale Cardinal, Reds
Ed Sprague, Pacific Jays, A's, Pirates, Padres, M's
Robbie Wine, Penn State Astros

Vance Law, former major league all-star and dual-sport Cougar athlete, compiled a 397-348-2 (. 533) record in 13 seasons at the helm of the baseball program from 2000-2012.

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 (a former shortstop and second baseman for five years at BYU) and Adam, currently an infielder at BYU; and two daughters.