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Durkac Named ISU Head Coach

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Bo Durkac was named the Illinois State head baseball coach Thursday, as announced by Director of Athletics Larry Lyons. Durkac has 12 years of coaching experience, including five seasons with the Redbirds, serving as an associate head coach for the past two seasons, and is widely respected throughout the sport.
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Bo Durkac

 

Head Coach: Illinois State University

Bo Durkac enters his first season as Illinois State's head baseball coach after serving as an assistant coach and associate head coach for the Redbirds for the past five seasons. Durkac was named head coach by ISU Director of Athletics Larry Lyons on June 19, 2014.

Durkac brings a wealth of coaching and playing experience to the role. Widely respected throughout the sport, Durkac has vast experience in recruiting and working with hitters and infielders. In addition to 12 years of coaching experience, Durkac brings seven years of international playing experience to his role.

At the end of the 2014 season, six Redbirds were selected in the Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft, which set a program record for players picked in a single draft. Offensively, ISU was second in the conference in on-base percentage (.378), triples (16) and walks (262). The team finished third in batting average (.272), runs scored (313) and runs batted in (287). Durkac helped lead the Redbirds to their second-straight appearance in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship's title game in 2014, after ISU finished the regular season in fifth place in the league standings.

During the 2014 season, Durkac also helped develop Paul DeJong, who was named an All-MVC First-Team honoree. DeJong led Illinois State in nearly every offensive category in 2014, including batting average (.349), on-base percentage (.430), slugging percentage (.596), hits (76), home runs (9), doubles (21), triples (3), total bases (130) and runs batted in (48). DeJong finished second in the Valley in batting average, hits, total bases and slugging percentage. DeJong appeared in 54 games for Illinois State and spent time defensively at second base, third base, catcher and shortstop.

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Mike Stalowy

 

Assistant Coach: Illinois State University

Mike Stalowy enters his first season as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Illinois State following a successful playing career for the Redbirds and coaching stops at Valparaiso and Bellarmine. Stalowy was a four-year member of the Redbird baseball team from 2006-09, and he served as a student assistant coach in 2010. A utility player throughout his playing career, Stalowy played six different defensive positions, encompassing all four infield spots and both corner outfield positions. He recorded a career batting average of .296 in 178 games as a Redbird. As a senior, he led the team in batting average (.328), hits (60), runs (41), doubles (15), triples (4) and stolen bases (12). As a student assistant in 2010, Stalowy helped the Redbirds to Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament titles.

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Michael Kellar

 

Assistant Coach: Illinois State University

Michael Kellar enters his first season as assistant coach and pitching coach at Illinois State after a successful stretch as a collegiate player and coach.

Kellar comes to ISU from Siena, where he had served as an assistant coach for three seasons, including the past two as pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.

Kellar starred at Niagara from 2008-09, and was a team captain and All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference selection as a senior, when he posted a 6-1 record against MAAC competition and a team-leading 3.56 ERA in league play. Kellar signed with the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League in 2010, but suffered a career-ending shoulder injury in spring training that year.

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