John Kolasinski will enter his 17th season on the bench for the Saints and his 32nd season as a collegiate head coach in 2018-19.
Kolasinski is a two-time NAIA Northeast Regional Coach of the Year, a five-time New England Coach of the Year, a five-time Maine Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, a member of the Husson Hall of Fame and the Robert Ish Smith Award winner. He currently serves on the American Baseball Coaches Association Board of Directors, he served as the president in 2019.
Currently, Kolasinski has accumulated a career record of 536-766-1 in over 30 years of coaching. The skipper won his 500th career game on March 6th, 2019 when the Saints beat Bethel 22-9. In 2012, he claimed his first Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament championship, guiding the Saints to a 4-0 record in the conference tournament, and then coached the Saints to a 2-2 record in the NAIA Tournament Daytona Beach Bracket. He has three NAIA Northeast Regional appearances and six Maine Athletic Conference Championships under his belt.
Kolasinski has coached eight Conference Players of the Year, 66 NAIA Scholar-Athletes, and 16 All-America Honorable Mentions. He has also coached in the International Tournament in Japan during the summer of 1998.
Kolasinski currently stands as the coach with the second-most wins in Siena Heights baseball history. His best season was his 33-25 record in 2012 -- a 25-win improvement over the previous season.
Kolasinski has coached the only three NAIA Gold Glove honorees in school history, saw 42 players earn all-conference accolades for their play on the field, including 11 first-team selections and four second-team honors. He has also had 88 players honored for their work in the classroom. The Saints are one of only two NAIA teams to be honored as an American Baseball Coaches Association Scholar team every season since the award has been given starting in the 2015-16 year.
Several of Kolasinski’s former players and assistant coaches have gone on to coach elsewhere, including four college head coaches and 10 assistant college coaches. Numerous others who have played for or worked under Kolasinski are high school and legion coaches. Five former players have signed professional baseball contracts.
Kolasinski got married to his wife, Kimberly, on July 4th, 2019, and they reside in Adrian, Michigan.