Year #4 of the Kevin Kimball Era brings much higher expectations for the program… from everyone except Kimball himself, who has always set a very high bar throughout his coaching career. Kimball’s 14thyear of coaching overall may have been one of his finest as he took a young, inexperienced, but ready-to-learn Bears’ squad in 2013 and promptly led them to the program’s first Region I Semifinal berth since 2008. It had to be a bit satisfying for Kimball to take eventual Region I Division II Champion Gateway to the hilt in the Region I Semis (including extra innings in the 3rdand deciding game), since that’s where he got his start in coaching ACCAC Baseball. Kimball arrived at PC in the summer of 2010 after spending two seasons as Gateway’s Associate Head Baseball Coach under Rob Shabansky, helping lead the Geckos to the top seed in the Region I Division II Playoffs in his final year there. Gateway was Kimball’s return to the college coaching level, since his first taste of coaching in Arizona was head coaching positions at a pair of Phoenix-area high schools, Westwind Prep and Verrado, spending a year at each institution. Kimball actually made history at Westwind as he led them to the first-ever wins in the baseball program’s history. In-between his Arizona high school and Gateway coaching stints, Kimball headed back east to Massachusetts to spend the summer of 2008 as an assistant coach (under Mike Roberts, father of current Orioles’ infielder Brian Roberts) of the Cotuit Kettleers in the Cape Cod League. Kimball got the chance to work with some of the top college talent from across the nation, including current major leaguers Jason Kipnis (Cleveland) and Drew Storen (Nationals). Kimball got his start in coaching at the four-year college level, spending 3 years as Southern Illinois University and then a pair of seasons at the University of Northern Colorado as a hitting and outfield coach.
Kimball made an easy transition from player to coach, since he literally walked off the field after his final game as a star outfielder at Northern Colorado, and joined the staff the next year. Kimball was the main cog in the Bears’ offense in both of his seasons, leading the team in four offensive categories-including a blistering .360 batting average. Kimball culminated his playing career by earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology at UNC. He then went on to earn his Master’s degree in Sport Management at Southern Illinois.
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