E-Mail Kevin Kocks
Kevin Kocks was named the head baseball coach at Culver-Stockton College on July 12, 2011.
Kocks owns an 18-year collegiate head coaching record of 550-520, leading his teams to postseason play seven times and earning six league Coach of the Year awards.
Kocks joins the Wildcat baseball program after serving for five years as head coach at Cleveland State University (Ohio), which decided to drop its baseball program due to budget cuts.
Prior to his stint at Cleveland State, Kocks served seven successful years at Spalding University in Louisville, Ky., where he started the program and built it in to an NAIA power. Kocks compiled a 312-195 overall record, which included 50-win seasons in four of his last five seasons, five conference championships, five regional appearances and three NAIA World Series appearances.
After starting the program from scratch and leading the Pelicans to a 20-50 record in 2000, Spalding improved to 35-32 in 2001, winning the conference title and advancing to the NAIA Regional.
The program took off in its third season (2002), going 56-19, winning conference and regional titles en route to finishing seventh at the NAIA World Series.
The success continued in 2003 as the Pelicans went 55-21, repeated as conference and regional champions, finishing seventh again at the NAIA World Series.
The 2004 campaign saw the Pelicans break the school record for wins for the fourth time in five seasons, going 57-22. Spalding returned to the NAIA World Series in 2005, finishing fifth after a 54-23 campaign.
The streak of 50-win campaigns was snapped this spring when Spalding won its fifth conference title in six years but could manage only a 35-28 mark.
Kocks began his coaching career as head coach at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., earning league co-Coach of the Year kudos in 1985 after leading the Knights to a 34-18 mark.
In six seasons at Bellarmine, Kocks posted a 157-133 record, leaving following the 1990 season to become assistant coach at the University of Louisville, a position that he held for five years.
Kocks moved to New Mexico State University, serving as an assistant coach for the Aggies during the 1997 season and as interim head coach for a short period following the year.
Kocks returned to Kentucky in the spring of 1999 to start up the Spalding program, taking a full calendar year to build the program that would average almost 45 wins per season during his tenure.
Spalding succeeded in the classroom as well as 98 percent of the Pelican players went on to earn their degrees.
A 1982 graduate of Eastern Kentucky with a degree in health recreation, Kocks went on to receive a master's in sports administration/supervision from Austin Peay in 1983.
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E-Mail Brad Salsman
Brad Salsman is entering his second season as an assistant coach for the Wildcats.
Salsman will work with the infielders and hitters this season, his first under Kevin Kocks. Working with the infielders last year, the team posted a .955 fielding percentage which was 4th in the HAAC.
Salsman also coaches for the Newton (Kan.) Rebels in the Walter Johnson League during the summers The Walter Johnson league is a semi-professional collegiate league and is affiliated with the NBC World Series. With the Rebels, Salsman was in charge of infielders and outfielders as well as game operations.
He graduated from Quincy (Ill.) University in 2010 where he played for three years. A major in Sports Management with a minor in Business, Salsman started for Quincy as a 2nd/3rd baseman.
Salsman is a native of Galesburg, Ill., and graduated from Galesburg High School in 2005.