Dean Stiles is in his fourth season as the Oregon baseball program’s volunteer assistant coach, assisting head coach George Horton with the team’s pitchers.
Stiles has been instrumental in the development of one of the top pitching staffs in the nation during his three seasons at Oregon helping lead the team to three straight postseason appearances.
With 44 wins in 2014, the Ducks became one of just eight teams to record 40 or more wins in each of the last three seasons. In Stiles’ first two seasons in 2012 and 2013 working with the Ducks’ pitchers, Oregon finished in the top 15 in the country with consecutive sub-3.00 ERAs.
UO finished the 2014 season leading the Pac-12 in strikeouts (495) and saves (18), while ranking second in ERA (3.06). The Ducks have also finished in the top 17 in hits allowed the last two seasons while ranking in the top 22 in WHIP. Nationally, Oregon finished in the top 35 in strikeout-to-walk ratio (18th; 2.58), strikeouts per nine innings (19th; 7.7) and ERA (34th; 3.06).
Oregon’s pitchers have earned well deserved honors under Stiles’ tutelage the last three years. Jimmie Sherfy claimed All-American honors each of Stiles’ first two seasons after setting a school record for saves in 2012 and breaking the record in 2013. Alex Keudell earned All-America honors while being named the Pac-12 Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2012, and Tommy Thorpe claimed first-team all-league recognition in 2013. Last season, Thorpe once again claimed first-team all-league honors along with closer Jake Reed.
Stiles has helped develop young pitchers quickly allowing them to make an immediate impact on the success of the team. Thorpe and Reed claimed freshman All-America honors in Stiles’ first season, Cole Irvin and Garrett Cleavinger each were named freshman All-Americans in 2013 and Matt Krook claimed the honor last season.
Stiles played a major role in managing a pitching staff that faced a lot of adversity throughout the 2014 season. The Ducks lost Irvin before the season and Krook went down with a season-ending injury midway through the year. Reed made the switch from starter to the closer for the Ducks, solidifying the back of the bullpen with 13 saves and a 1.95 ERA. Thorpe was once again dominant as the Friday night starter, leading the team with an 11-4 record and a 2.14 ERA. Senior Jeff Gold was thrust into the Saturday spot due to injuries and thrived in the role, going 10-3 with a 3.17 ERA while earning All-Pac-12 honorable mention recognition.
Stiles’ pitching staff was a key component in the Ducks winning a school-record 48 games in 2013 and advancing to the NCAA Regionals. Oregon lost two of its weekend starters following the 2012 season forcing Stiles to rebuild the rotation. Thorpe, a converted reliever, solidified the Friday night starter position finishing with a team-best 2.16 ERA while giving the Ducks quality starts in 12 of his 16 games pitched. As a freshman, Irvin set a school record with 12 wins while finishing with a 2.48 ERA and quality starts in 12 of his 16 games pitched as well. Reed had 10 quality starts while finishing with a 6-6 record and a 3.50 ERA. Oregon’s bullpen was strong under Stiles, finishing the season with a 2.88 ERA with 201 strikeouts in 203.1 innings pitched. Sherfy was dominant as the team’s closer finishing with a school record 21 saves while going 2-0 and was named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, the award given to the best player in the nation. Sherfy was also named a finalist for the Stopper of the Year Award, given to the best reliever in college baseball. Cleavinger may have been the best setup man in college baseball finishing 9-0 with a 1.24 ERA and two saves.
Stiles helped lead the Ducks to within one game of the College World Series in 2012 and a then school-record 46 wins. Oregon finished ranked in the top 25 in all five major college baseball polls, including a No. 10 ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Perfect Game poll. UO ended the season 11th in the Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association polls.
Oregon’s pitching staff excelled under Stiles’ tutelage. Sherfy earned All-America honors, as well as first-team All-Pac-12 recognition, after setting a new school record with 19 saves. His work out of the bullpen made him a finalist for the 2012 NCBWA Stopper of the Year award after he compiled a 5-3 record with a 2.20 ERA.
Keudell was also a Golden Spikes semifinalist after finishing with an 11-5 record and a 2.38 ERA. Freshman starter Reed was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, while claiming honorable mention all-conference honors after finishing the season with an 8-4 record and a 2.92 ERA.
Stiles spent the 2011 season as the head coach at Lane Community College in Eugene. The Titans finished the year with a 26-20 overall record, and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Tournament after earning the playoff spot by way of a second-place finish in the South Division with a 19-11 record.
At Lane, Stiles also coached Darrell Hunter to first-team All-NWAACC honors as the first baseman led the Titans batting .328 with 29 RBI and 10 home runs.
Before accepting the Lane position, Stiles spent the two previous seasons helping build the Oregon program as an administrative assistant. Stiles responsibilities included helping with the Oregon baseball camps and clinics.
Prior to his time as an administrative assistant at Oregon, Stiles coached at Tualitin High School (Ore.), Crook County High School (Ore.), Summit High School (Ore.), and St. Joseph High School (Calif.). Stiles was also a high school administrator, teacher, and coach in Oregon and California for more than 20 years.
In addition, Stiles has headed several 16U Junior Olympic Teams and NTIS U.S.A. Baseball teams. He served as the General Manager for the Bend Bandits of the Western Baseball League before co-founding and coaching the Bend Elks of the West Coast League.
Stiles played infield at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif., before transferring to the University of Oregon and finishing his career with the Ducks. He graduated with a degree in journalism in 1982, and in 1986 completed his secondary education credential at the UO College of Education.
He currently resides in Eugene with his wife Megan, sons Taylor and Cooper, and daughter Chloe. Cooper is a member of the Oregon baseball team.