Former Cleveland Indian Jason Stanford to be YSU’s Pitching Coach

Coach Jason Stanford
Coach Jason Stanford

Former Cleveland Indians pitcher Jason Stanford will serve as the Youngstown State University pitching coach for the 2012-13 academic year, YSU first-year head baseball coach Steve Gillispie announced.

Stanford pitched professionally for nine seasons with the Indians, Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs organizations. He most recently served as the varsity baseball coach at nearby Howland High School.

“Jason brings a great deal of experience for our pitching staff, having pitched successfully at every level of baseball,” Gillispie said. “We hope to draw on that experience to develop our staff to be among the top in the Horizon League. He’s very familiar with the baseball landscape in the Youngstown area from his time at Howland, and we’ll use his connections to enhance our recruiting efforts locally.”

Among Stanford’s long list of accomplishments, he twice pitched for Team USA. He was named to the 2001 All-World Cup Team in Taiwan as the best left-handed pitcher in the tournament.

Stanford finished his Major League Baseball career with a 2-5 record and a 3.61 ERA in 23 total appearances despite battling an ongoing elbow injury. He made his debut for the Indians on July 6, 2003, when he started against the Minnesota Twins, and his first win came on Sept. 26 the same season when he threw six scoreless innings in a start against the Blue Jays. He also pitched for Cleveland in 2004 and 2007. While in the majors, Stanford was involved with the Garth Brooks “Teammates for Kids” Foundation, B.A.T.S and the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona Saint Nicholas program.

As a collegian, Stanford was an Academic All-American at Barton County Community College in Kansas before becoming a two-time All-Conference USA selection at Charlotte. He led the 49ers in wins both seasons and won nine consecutive decisions in 1998.

Stanford currently co-hosts Indians On-Deck, Indians Minor League Magazine and Tribe Report on SportsTime Ohio. He also runs the Stanford Baseball Academy, LLC. at Eastwood Field with a focus on individual instruction.