River Forest, Ill. – After making a second straight appearance in the Division III College World Series, the Cougars have garnered many different awards. Another one was added to the list today as head assistant Kolin Conner was honored by Baseball America and the American Baseball Coaches Association with the Division III Assistant of the Year Award.
Conner has coached three seasons at Concordia University Chicago and helped the Cougars to back-to-back appearances in the Division III College World Series to go along with three NACC regular season titles. During his tenure as hitting coach, the Cougars have hit .320 and averaged 7.69 runs per game. Additionally, Conner has been instrumental in working with the catchers, where CUC ranked second in the NACC in runners caught stealing.
"I couldn't be more proud of Kolin for winning this award," remarked head coach Mike Stawski. "He is as deserving as anyone in the country and that is proven by the success he has brought to our program. It's no coincidence that the best stretch of Concordia baseball as happened while he has been the head assistant here. The success that we have had is a direct correlation of the work and effort he puts in on a daily basis."
Baseball America along with the American Baseball Coaches Association has been awarding the Assistant Coach of the Year award for the past 20 years. This is the first year that the award has been expanded outside of Division I. Conner along with the other honorees across all divisions will be given their awards in January at the ABCA convention in Dallas, Texas.
A full list of the award winners can be viewed here.