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Coach Marty Slimak retired from Cal Lutheran and the Kingsmen baseball program in July 2023. (Photo: Photo courtesy of Cal Lutheran Sports Information)

Longtime baseball coach Marty Slimak retires

CLU Magazine - Fall/Winter 2023

Marty Slimak, or “Coach Slim” as he’s been known on the diamond, has announced his retirement from Cal Lutheran and the Kingsmen baseball program.

After serving as an assistant for four seasons, which included back-to-back NCAA Division III College World Series appearances in 1992 and 1993, Slimak was chosen as the 10th head baseball coach at Cal Lutheran in the summer of ’93.

He retires as the winningest coach in program history with a record of 793-386. His teams won more than 30 games in a season 13 times, posting winning records in 27 seasons. He led the Kingsmen to 14 NCAA West Regional appearances, 12 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships and five SCIAC Tournament Championships.

In his final spring as coach in 2022, Slimak once again led the Kingsmen into the NCAA Tournament after securing his fifth SCIAC Tournament title.

Slimak saw 13 of his players drafted by Major League Baseball. He coached three First Team ABCA All-America players, six Second Team honorees and six Third Team selections.

Longtime assistant coach Erik Scherer, who served as the acting head baseball coach in the spring of 2023, will continue in that role while Cal Lutheran conducts a nationwide search for the next head baseball coach.