Cliff Gustafson Obituary, Funeral

Cliff Gustafson was an American high school and college baseball coach.  He was born on February 12, 1931 and he died on January 2, 2023. He was 91 years.

Gustafson was the head coach of the Texas Longhorns, representing the University of Texas at Austin for twenty-nine seasons.

After briefly playing baseball professionally, Gustafson embarked on a successful 14-year-high school coaching career which kick started in 1953 at South San Antonio High School in San Antonio, Texas.

During his 14 seasons at South San, Gustafson’s teams won the Class 3A State Championships an impressive six times: 1958, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1967.

In 1968, Gustafson took a pay cut to coach the baseball team at The University of Texas at Austin.

While there, he led the Longhorns to twenty-two Southwest Conference Championships, a record seventeen College World Series appearances, with finals appearances resulting in two national championships in 1975 and 1983.

Gustafson was married to Janie Gustafson but she died in December 2012. She was 76 years.

Gustafson is survived by his two daughters: Jann and Jill.

Details of Gustafson’s funeral will be made public by his family in due time.