Fighting Owls Win Third Consecutive Regional Title
After winning the third Md Juco Conference Championship in school history including back-to-back titles, head coach Tom Eller returns for his 11th season at the helm of the Harford baseball team. Under his guidance, the Fighting Owls have recorded it’s most successful campaigns in program history, capped by a trio of Region 20 championships.
Coach Eller led his team to unprecedented offensive success as the team broke program records all over the place including an impressive 119 home runs in the 2016 campaign. The Fighting Owls dynasty was continued as they went 25-1 in conference play and have only lost 3 conference games in the last two years combined. Eller rightfully earned the Md Juco coach of the year; his 4th since taking the helm for the Fighting Owls. The team won conference and regional titles as well as earning their way to the Juco World Series where they went 2-2 against the best junior college baseball teams in the country.
Eller was named Md Juco Coach of the Year for the 2015 after a 43-win campaign that included a school record 24-2 MD JUCO mark. He also won it in 2012 after guiding the Fighting Owls to the school’s first-ever conference championship. He coached Harford to a school-record 45 win campaign that season, including an amazing 24-4 record in MD JUCO action. In 2014, Eller led his squad to the Region XX Championship on his brand-new, state-of-the-art home turf in dramatic fashion.
Now in his 12th year as an Athletic Director and eighth at Harford Community College, Ken Krsolovic brings over 30 total years of experience in collegiate athletics and coaching to the Harford athletics and baseball staff. He previously served in a variety of roles while also coaching baseball at four NCAA institutions. His extensive background includes a progression of administrative positions, including 12 as an AD, while also maintaining significant tracks in coaching baseball and sports broadcasting.
At Harford, he had an important hand in the direction of the $28 million APG Federal Credit Union Arena addition and renovation of the college’s indoor athletic facilities. He has also overseen various upgrades to the Harford Sports Complex outdoor facilities during his tenure. The baseball park was completely rebuilt and the softball and stadium venues, as well as the recreation fields, have been dramatically improved. A cross country course was added and the tennis complex rebuilt and relocated.
He has led a total revision of athletic department structure, adding full-time positions in facilities, sports information and academic support, while creating positions for managers of equipment, marketing/promotions and intramurals/recreation. In addition to operating a program that now offers 13 varsity sports, the department has expanded its offerings in intramurals and student recreation during his tenure.
RJ Heinlen begins his fourth year as an assistant coach for the Harford baseball team. The former hurler was in charge of the Fighting Owl pitchers in 2014 and 2015 after serving as a student assistant that helped with the pitchers in 2013.
Heinlen guided the pitching staff to the Region XX Championship and a berth in the NJCAA District Championship in 2014. Four Fighting Owls earned four wins or more for the versatile staff that included eight complete games, eight saves and a 5.95 earned-run average. Fighting Owl pitchers struck out 308 batters in 62 games.
Heinlen (’12) played during the 2010 and 2012 seasons, pitching out of the bullpenn for the Region XX Champions. As a freshman, Heinlen led the team in appearances and owned a 2-0 record. During his sophomore year, Heinlen went 2-0 that included a complete game effort in his first career start. He struck out eight batters in the win over Rockville.
Jon Castro returns to where it all started for his first coaching experience. The former Fighting Owl baseball player will serve as assistant coach in charge of outfield and defense while helping in hitting and other duties.
Castro played one year for head coach Tom Eller, serving as an integral part of the then school-record 44-win 2011 club. The outfielder earned Second-Team All-Region XX while hitting .359 in 50 games with 51 hits and 28 stolen bases.
He transferred to Wilmington University for his final three years of baseball, earning his bachleor’s degree in criminal justice in 2015. He redshirted in 2012 and was on the WILMU Dean’s List all four years on campus while earning Academic All-Star honors as a junior and senior.