Trojan Baseball Great Ron Stillwell Dies at 76

    Jan. 28, 2016

    Ron Stillwell, a great USC Trojan (1957-1961) and Washington Senator, passed away on January 25, 2016 after battling cancer. He was 76.

    Known for his dry sense of humor and skillful coaching ability, Ron Stillwell played shortstop at USC and captained its national championship team in 1961.

    A week after graduating from USC, Stillwell signed a contract with the Washington Senators, but his major league career was limited to only 14 games because of an injury.

    Stillwell, turned his love of the sport into coaching, helping to build the baseball programs at Thousand Oaks High, Cal Lutheran and Moorpark College.

    Stillwell took a job in 1964 at Thousand Oaks High when it was still part of the Oxnard Union High School District and taught there 33 years, coaching for 25. In addition to baseball, he also coached cross country and freshman basketball at various times.

    While still teaching at Thousand Oaks High, Stillwell was baseball coach at Cal Lutheran in 1972-1978, where he had a record of 139-100-1 (.581) and was named NAIA Coach of the Year in 1976.

    Stillwell was a walk-on coach at Moorpark College in 1985-1989, where he was 91-88 (.508).

    Stillwell was twice selected to manage a U.S. college all-star team against a Japanese team.

    Ronald Roy Stillwell was born Dec. 3, 1939, in Los Angeles and graduated from Burbank-Burroughs High in 1957. He was elected to the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

    Stillwell is survived by Jan, his wife of 55 years, and sons Scott, Kurt and Rod (named for Rod Dedeaux).

    A memorial will be held in the spring in Lake Almanor, Calif.

    Everyone at the Trojan Baseball Alumni Association and the Trojan Family extend our best wishes to the family.