Former baseball coach passes away
Monday, January 25, 2010
St. Cloud State University baseball lost one of its greats with the passing of former coach Jim Stanek. The 83-year-old Stanek died July 11 at his home in St. Cloud. The Huskies’ Baseball coach from 1968-78, Stanek was inducted into the St. Cloud State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
“Coach Stanek was not only a great mentor, coach and teacher but also a great friend. He never stopped caring about Husky baseball,” said Pat Dolan, Husky baseball coach. “It was a privilege to have conversations with Jim and the guys like Coach (John) Kasper and Coach (Denny) Lorsung, who truly paved the way for the great tradition of the Husky baseball family.”
Stanek had a 187-114-4 overall record, won five Northern Intercollegiate Conference championships and led the Huskies to a third place finish in the 1969 NAIA National Tournament. His 1971 team placed third in the NCAA regional tournament.
He graduated from St. Cloud Teachers College in 1951 with a degree in elementary education. A Minneapolis native, Stanek played first base in the 1950s for John Kasper, a St. Cloud State Hall of Fame coach. After several years of coaching and teaching at Coronado (Calif.) High School, Stanek returned to St. Cloud State in 1967 as an assistant football coach, head baseball coach and educator, teaching physical education, kinesiology and sports medicine.
He retired from baseball in 1978, continuing as a professor in the Physical Education Department until 1991. In 1990, Stanek was a charter member of the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame committee, serving until 2006.
Stanek is survived by his wife Lorraine Stanek, St. Cloud; his son Kevin Stanek, Eagan; and his daughter Cinda Stanek, Juneau, Alaska.