Siena Heights baseball head coach John Kolasinski earned his 500th career win on Tuesday with the Saints' 22-9 victory over Bethel (Ind.) -- played at Holman Stadium, long time Spring Training site of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Kolasinski is in his 30th season as a collegiate head coach, and 15th with Siena Heights. Coach Kolasinski holds an overall career record of 500-736-2, giving him a career winning percentage of .405.
Over his career, Kolasinski has coached eight Conference Players of the Year, 48 NAIA Scholar-Athletes, and 16 All-America Honorable Mentions. His best season with the Saints was in the 2012, where the team finished 33-25 and went on to win the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tournament before making a 2-2 appearance at the NAIA Tournament in the Daytona Beach Bracket.
He has coached the only three NAIA Golden Glove honorees in Siena Heights history and helped 31 athletes acheive all-conference accolades for their performance on the field. Kolasinski has been a mentor for many of his athletes that have gone on to coach at the legion, high school and collegiate levels as head or assistant coaches. Four of his former players have gone on to sign professional playing contracts.
Along with his duties on the field, Kolasinski is also the First Vice President for the American Baseball Coaches Association. He is set to take over as the ABCA President in January 2019.
Coach Kolasinski and the Saints' continue their Spring Break games at the Warner University Tournament in Lake Wales, Fla., Thursday-Saturday.