Kevin Tomasiewicz, who followed an impressive collegiate and professional pitching career with coaching experience at two Midwestern colleges, was named the new head baseball coach at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh on Friday, Sept. 6.
Tomasiewicz (tom-AH-shev-its) comes from North Park University (Ill.), where he served as associate head coach the past two years. With Tomasiewicz handling the pitching staff, the Vikings qualified for the 2012 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championship with a 32-14 record. North Park University won College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) regular season and tournament titles to earn its first postseason berth in 22 years.
“I’m excited to welcome Kevin to our athletics program,” said UW Oshkosh Director of Athletics Darryl Sims. “Kevin will be a great leader and mentor for the young men who take part in their journey as a UW Oshkosh student-athlete. He has great credentials, and I’m confident that he will continue the outstanding tradition of success within the UW Oshkosh baseball program well into the future.”
Under Tomasiewicz, pitchers Steve Kuligowski and Nick Soldano achieved impressive seasons in 2012. Soldano was named an All-American and the CCIW Pitcher of the Year after posting a 9-2 record with 99 strikeouts. Kuligowski collected all-region honors after going 11-2 record with a 2.76 earned run average.
In 2013, North Park University finished with a 21-21 record. Tomasiewicz helped pitchers Wesley Mleziva and Nick Vidas earn All-CCIW second team honors.
“Kevin is well-equipped to lead a program with the tradition and expectations that come with this opportunity at UW Oshkosh,” said North Park University head coach Luke Johnson. “The Titans are getting an outstanding baseball coach whose level of professionalism, feel for the job, vision and competence far exceed his age. His commitment to excellence will be immediately evident to his players, colleagues and the Oshkosh community. Above all, he’ll be able to instill a confidence level that will permeate all aspects of his players’ lives.”