FULL NAME: Gary Van Tol
BORN: 2/3/67 in Calgary, Alberta
RESIDENCE: Boise, ID
FAMILY: Married - Christine ... Children - Gehrig, Amaia, Peyton, and Gibson.
The Boise resident enters his sixth season with YOUR Boise Hawks in 2013. He has been the assistant coach for the last five seasons, this will be his first season as the Manager.
Gary began his playing career at Treasure Valley Community College, where he was a Scenic West 2nd team All-Conference selection in 1988. He finished his college career at Gonzaga
University, where he was the program's first Academic All-American, earning third team honors in 1990 and 1st team All-Pacific 10 Conference honors.
Professionally, Gary played two seasons for Levis Neptunus in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. They were the 1992 regular season champions and finished second in the European Cup. In 1993, Neptunus won the Holland Series and the European Cup in Madrid, Spain.
While this is Gary's first season as the Manager of YOUR Boise Hawks, it is not his first run coaching professionally. He was a player/coach for Levis Neptunus in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in 1993 and then worked for Major League Baseball International as an assistant coach for the Great Britain National Team in 1996.
Gary also spent 17 years coaching at the collegiate level. He started out as an assistant at Treasure Valley in 1990-91, he spent 1991-93 as an assistant at Gonzaga University. Gary's first head coaching position was at Centralia College in 1994-95 before returning to Treasure Valley as the Associate Head Coach in the fall of 1995. He was named head coach the following year and guided Treasure Valley to four NJCAA Regional appearances in five years. In the fall of 2002 he became the head assistant at the University of Portland and returned to Gonzaga University as the head assistant in the fall of 2005. He also served as the General Manager and Field Manager of the Ontario Orchard Meadowlarks of the Pacific International League and managed the Kelowna Grizzlies to the Pacific International League Championship in 1995 where his team finished 7th at the NBC World Series. Gary worked with 49 players who signed with Major League Organizations throughout his collegiate coaching career, 12 of them have played in the Major Leagues.
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