Gustafson's last season with the Red Raiders was in 2010
Ed Gustafson begins his second season as an assistant coach for the Red Raiders after spending seven years as a professional scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks. His primary responsibilities are working with the Tech pitching staff and heading up its national recruiting efforts.
In his first season, he helped develop a pitching staff that led the Red Raiders to their first Big 12 Conference Tournament appearance in three years.
Gustafson brought to Texas Tech 15 years of professional experience including coaching at the amateur and college level as well as pro scouting. After spending five years as a professional baseball player with the San Francisco Giants and the Minnesota Twins, his first coaching stint landed him at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore. He served as an assistant coach at Lewis & Clark between 1993 and 1995 where he focused exclusively on pitchers and catchers and assisted in recruiting and camp management.
Following his time at Lewis & Clark he spent the next four years as the Tacoma Timbers Baseball Club Associate Head Coach and Director of Operations. The Tacoma Timbers were a summer league baseball organization in the Pacific International League and he helped guide them to three NBC World Series appearances, including a runner-up finish in 1995.
Gustafson then moved on to the University of Portland, where he was an assistant coach between 1995 and 1997 and then spent one year as a pro scout in the Seattle Mariners organization (1998). After just one year with the Mariners, he moved to the University of Washington where he served as the pitching coach for the Huskies between 1998 and 2001. Prior to his arrival at Texas Tech, over two dozen of his former players had been drafted and seven went on to play in MLB.
In 2001, he went back to pro scouting as he took an area scouting supervisor position with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and a job he held until making the move to Texas Tech. While with the Diamondbacks, he was responsible for all aspects of operations in six states and three provinces. He tallied a 100-percent success rate in signing drafted players as part of a staff that garnered the TOPS Organization of the Year Award.
As a scout he drafted and signed one MLB player.
He is a former player and graduate of Washington State University where he earned All-Pac 10 honors in 1989. He and his wife Alicia have been married for 13 years. The couple has three children: Cade, Cole and Erika.