Coaches

Baseball

Eric LaskovyeTitle: Head Coach
Name: Eric Laskovy
Email: laskovye@kellogg.edu

Coach Laskovy is in his 14th year at KCC and is entering his eighth year as head coach of the college’s baseball team. Over the course of his first seven years as head coach, the Bruins won seven championships (five MCCAA conference titles, in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013) and three regional championships resulting in trips to the NJCAA Division II World Series (in 2007, 2009 and 2011). The Bruins finished their season second in the nation in 2007.

Laskovy has seen 12 current or former players drafted or signed to professional contracts during his tenure. KCC has been equally impressive in the classroom during that time, consistently maintaining an average team GPA of over 3.0 including a 3.18 team GPA in 2010 and a 3.2 team GPA in 2013, with the team receiving NJCAA Academic Team honors both years.

KCC continues to place a high number of players each year into quality four-year institutions across the country. In 2010, 12 of 13 sophomores transferred to four-year universities, while in 2013, 13 sophomores transferred to the next level as student-athletes. The Bruins have sent 65 student-athletes on to four-year institutions in the past seven years.

Laskovy attended Paw Paw High School, where he was an all-state football player and all-conference in baseball and basketball. After transferring from Kalamazoo Valley Community College, he was a two-year starter in baseball at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Science. In 2001, Laskovy earned a master’s degree in Physical Education from Western Michigan University. Laskovy worked as an Associate Scout for the Cincinnati Reds from 2006 through 2012, and in 2013 he became an Associate Scout for the Atlanta Braves.

Along with coaching the Bruins, Coach Laskovy teaches full time in the Physical Education Department at KCC. Eric and his wife Shannon reside in Battle Creek

Coaching honors

  • 2007 MCCAA Coach of the Year
  • 2007 ABCA Diamond Regional Coach of the Year
  • 2007 North Central District Coach of the Year
  • 2007 Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year
  • 2007 National Baseball D11 Championship Coach of the Tournament
  • 2008 MCCAA Coach of the Year
  • 2009 ABCA Diamond Regional Coach of the Year
  • 2009 North Central District Coach of the Year
  • 2009 Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year
  • 2010 MCCAA Coach of the Year
  • 2011 ABCA Diamond Region Coach of the Year
  • 2011 North Central District Coach of the Year
  • 2012 MCCAA Coach of the Year
  • 2013 MCCAA Coach of the Year

Title: Associate Head Coach
Name: Jim Miller

Coach Miller is coaching his 15th season at KCC. He attended Climax-Scotts High School, where he lettered in four varsity sports and won several All-Conference awards. Miller spent more than 20 years on active military duty with the United States Army before retiring in 1992. During his military career, he played and coached baseball, basketball and fastpitch softball at several levels within the Army.

Upon retiring, Miller spent four years as assistant coach at Comstock High School before joining the coaching staff at KCC. Miller also spent several years coaching summer baseball in Battle Creek, leading Del Seat Builders to a league championship and appearing twice in the Stan Musial World Series. He was recently inducted onto the Battle Creek Amateur Sports Association Wall of Fame for his contributions to amateur baseball in the city and region.

Miller is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy and also attended Central Texas College. He and his wife Lucy have been married for 34 years. Their daughter Mary and her husband Andy recently welcomed their first child, Leah, to the family.

Men’s Basketball

Melvin McKnightTitle: Head Coach
Name: Melvin McKnight
Email: mcknightm@kellogg.edu

Coach McKnight entered his head coaching position with plenty of experience with KCC basketball. McKnight attended KCC from 1974 to 1976, playing under legendary KCC coach Jim Stone. He continued his education at North Dakota State University, where he played basketball on a full athletic scholarship.

In 1976, McKnight averaged 24.8 points per game and 16.3 rebounds for the Bruins, and still holds the career rebounding average at KCC with a 14.7 rebounds per game.

McKnight was an assistant men’s basketball coach at KCC beginning in 2001, and assisted the 2007 Bruin team that won the MCCAA Western Conference title and made it to the Region XII Championship game.

McKnight strives to inspire his athletes to focus on their education first so they can continue on to four-year universities.  He currently resides in the Battle Creek community with his wife Mary and their six children, Annyah, Courtney, Kyla, Shawn, Sheryce and Stephanie.

Women’s Basketball

Kyle KlingamanTitle: Head Coach
Name: Kyle Klingaman
Email: klingamank@kellogg.edu

 

Softball

Darrick BrownTitle: Head Coach
Name: Darrick Brown
Email: softballcoach@kellogg.edu

Coach Brown brings 22 years of coaching experience to the Bruins softball program. Brown was the pitching coach at Davenport University for the past two years, during which time DU won a WHAC regular season title (2012) and a WHAC tournament title (2013). DU’s No. 1 pitcher Sam Cole was the WHAC pitcher of the year in both seasons under Coach Brown’s guidance.

In 2011, Brown was head coach of the Chicago Bandits, who won the National Pro Fastpitch Championship series. Brown also averaged more than 30 wins per season and coached teams to two consecutive MCCAA West titles during his three-year stint at the JUCO level with Glen Oaks Community College (2005) and Kalamazoo Valley Community College (2006). In 2006, KVCC led the country in home runs with 76 in a season and the team finished ranked seventh in the country.

Brown also runs his own softball and baseball training facility called Brown’s Fastpitch, which is located in Kalamazoo. Brown’s Fastpitch houses multiple softball and baseball travel teams that compete nationally. Brown is also a 26-year veteran of men’s fastpitch and a 2011 member of the King and His Court.

Brown is married to wife Katrina, with whom he has two boys, Gibson (9) and Brennan (5).

Women’s Volleyball

Amy JulienTitle: Head Coach
Name: Amy Julien
Email: volleyballcoach@kellogg.edu

Coach Julien is no stranger to the volleyball world. She began her career playing for KCC in 2001 and 2002 and went on to play for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. During these years, she gained valuable experience and developed a regime that gave her the opportunity to coach women’s volleyball for Schoolcraft High School for four years. Her unique style not only permitted her to develop great relationships with the girls, but also pushed them to win a state title in 2008.

Julien coached for three years at the Courthouse Athletic Center in Portage and was the Bruins’ assistant coach in 2011. Julien is passionate about volleyball and wants to instill in her players the importance of teamwork and being true to themselves on and off the court.