Gustafson was wife of UT base­ball coach


Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING - Amer­i­can-states­man staff

Janie Gustafson, the wife of former Texas Longhorns base­ball coach Cliff Gustafson, died Wed­nes­day af­ter a lengthy ill­ness. She was 76.

Jann Shep­perd, one of the Gustafsons’ two daugh­ters, said her mother died at the cou­ple’s home in Austin. She is sur­vived by her hus­band; her daugh­ters, Shep­perd and Jill Balderama; and seven grand­chil­dren. A son, Deron, died in 2008 af­ter suf­fer­ing from liver disease.

Janie and Cliff Gustafson were mar­ried on Sept. 19, 1959. They met in San An­to­nio, where Janie was an ele­men­tary school teacher and Cliff was a high school base­ball coach, Shep­perd said. Janie Gustafson later taught at Crock­ett High School in Austin.

Cliff Gustafson be­came the Longhorns’ head coach be­fore the 1968 sea­son. He led Texas to Col­lege World Se­ries cham­pi­onships in 1975 and 1983 while com­pil­ing an over­all record of 1,466377.

Af­ter lead­ing Texas to the Col­lege World Se­ries an un­prece­dented 17 times, Gustafson re­tired af­ter the 1996 sea­son as the win­ningest coach in col­lege base­ball.

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