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Marty Slimak

Head Coach

  • Years at CLU24
  • Alma MaterUC Santa Barbara ('76)
  • Record 688-323-8 
  • E-mailslimak@callutheran.edu
  • Phone805.493.3398

The winningest coach in CLU athletics history, Marty Slimak guided his Kingsmen to the ultimate prize in 2017, winning the NCAA Division III National title with a 2-1 series victory over Washington & Jefferson in Appleton, Wis.


Slimak has helped his teams to 13 NCAA DIII West Region appearances, 12 SCIAC championship, four World Series appearances and four SCIAC Postseason Tournament titles in five tries.


His 2017 team won 40 games for just the second time in program history, joining the 1992 team that won 43.


Under his tutelage, 14 players have been drafted by Major League Baseball organizations and 13 student-athletes have earned ABCA All-America status, with Jake Petersen (’14) becoming the only two-time First Team honoree with back-to-back nods in 2013 and 2014. Petersen also earned SCIAC Player and Newcomer of the Year honors in 2013. The same spring, Slimak helped Aaron Roth (’14) to All-America honors as a closer en route to SCIAC Pitcher of the Year recognition.


Slimak also coached the 1997 (Tom McGee) and 2000 (Nick Plancich) SCIAC Player of the Year. In 2017, Miguel Salud was named the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year on his way to re-writing the CLU relief pitching record books for appearances (33) and saves (14). 


The 2013 season was a banner year as he coached his team to the Division III lead in batting average (.340), scoring (8.9 runs per game) and on base percentage (.430) while several new school records were set.


During his career he has helped players to CLU career records in 14 of the 18 categories tracked and in 13 of the 18 single-season marks.


Under his tenure, the Kingsmen baseball team has posted 24 straight winning seasons and has been SCIAC Champions or runners-up in 19 of 24 years with Slimak at the helm.

The CLU baseball team won six straight conference crowns from 1996-2001 and earned nine of 10 after joining the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) in 1992. Since that time, the Kingsmen have also won five straight between 2013-17.


After the Kingsmen made 10 straight NCAA West Regional appearances from 1992-2001, Coach Slimak brought the 2009 squad back to its first postseason competition since the streak's end. CLU then advanced in 2013, 14, 16 and 17.


On March 2, 2012 with a 3-1 win over Whittier, Slimak secured the 500th victory in his career.

In only his third season as the Kingsmen head coach, Slimak piloted CLU to the 1996 NCAA Division III championship game and within five outs of winning the program's first national championship.


Slimak's playing days date to the 1970s, when he played for former USC skipper Mike Gillespie at College of the Canyons (COC) in 1972. Following two years at COC, Slimak played two years for Dave Gorrie at UC Santa Barbara, where he earned his bachelor's degree. He attended UTEP on a football scholarship before returning to COC in 1974.


He earned his master's degree in public administration from CLU in 1996.

Slimak and his wife Donna make their home in Moorpark.