San Diego, California - San Diego State baseball coach Tony Gwynn is currently on a leave of absence from the Aztec baseball program while dealing with health issues. Gwynn is recuperating at this time and there is no set timetable for his return to coaching duties.

Coach Gwynn has been on a medical leave of absence from the San Diego State Baseball program since March 24. Prior to that period, health issues had forced him to intermittently be away from the program.

During his absence, members of the Athletic Department staff have been in contact with Tony and his wife. At his request SDSU has not nor will it comment on his medical condition. Tony, his family and the San Diego State community appreciate your understanding during this time.

“At San Diego State we are fortunate to have one of the best coaching staffs in the nation and that has once again been demonstrated during this period,” commented Director of Athletics Jim Sterk. “Mark Martinez and John Pawlowski are doing a tremendous job overseeing a program that is 28-12 and next month will look to defend its Mountain West Conference championship.

“We miss Tony and hope for his speedy return to the Aztec program, but the highest priority right now is his health. Suffice it to say we look forward to having Coach Gwynn back at his alma mater, San Diego State.

 “Our upperclassmen have been essential in maintaining continuity during the transition.  I’m proud of how our guys have handled themselves through the years.”

The baseball staff has worked well together all year to best minimize the impact of Gwynn’s absence.  Associate Head Coach Mark Martinez manages the games and administrative responsibilities.  Assistant Coach John Pawlowski coaches pitchers and is the recruiting coordinator.  When Gwynn has not been at the field, Volunteer Coach Joe Oliveira and Director of Operations Landon Burt have taken on additional responsibilities within NCAA rules.

“I’m on the mend and looking forward to getting back to the team,” commented Gwynn. “The team is playing well and I want to thank Mark and John for their efforts that have helped lead to the squad’s current successful season.”

The Aztecs’ record currently stands at 28-12 with 15 games remaining in the regular season prior to the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas in late May.

San Diego State will be in action this evening as it hosts Cal State Northridge for a contest scheduled to get underway at 6:00 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium.