Title: Head Coach
Name: Eric Laskovy
Coach Laskovy is in his 17th year at Kellogg Community College and is entering his 10th year as head coach of the baseball program. Over the course of his first nine years, the Bruins won several championships, including six MCCAA conference titles (in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015) and four regional championships resulting in trips to the NJCAA Division II World Series (in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2015). The Bruins finished National Runner-Up in 2007.
KCC baseball has been equally impressive in the classroom during that time, consistently maintaining an average team GPA above 3.0. In fact, the Bruins have received NJCAA Academic Team honors in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
“We are proud of the balance we have created on and off the field,” Coach Laskovy says. “Our student-athletes’ commitment to academics, athletics and the community has shown in the amount of players that have transferred to and been successful at the next level.”
Kellogg CC continues to place a high number of players each year into quality four-year institutions across the country. The Bruins have sent 84 student-athletes on to four-year institutions in the past nine years. KCC has also seen 12 former players drafted or signed to professional contracts in the last 15 years.
Laskovy, who played baseball at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science. He then earned a Master’s degree from Western Michigan University in 2001. Eric teaches full time in the Physical Education Department at KCC. He and his wife Shannon reside in Battle Creek and recently welcomed their first child, Kellin Grace, to the family.
- 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 beginning his 19th 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.
Title: Head Coach
Name: Ben Reed
Hoping to share the benefits of lessons he has learned as a high school, collegiate and professional athlete, Coach Reed emphasizes the importance of cultivating a player’s performance beyond the court. For Coach Reed, a player’s time at KCC is not just an opportunity to take that next step in a basketball career, but a privilege that goes hand-in-hand with the completion of a college degree. His goal is to help guide the transformation of kids into young men who are not only great basketball players, but are also academically successful and are in the best position they can be in for a bright future.
Along with coaching the Bruins, Coach Reed also participates in the Battle Creek community through the Claude Evans Outdoor Summer League, Cereal City Hoopsters, Five-Star Basketball and provides private basketball lessons to the local youth. He is currently finishing a master’s degree in sport management at Western Michigan University.
Title: Head Coach
Name: Kyle Klingaman
Coach Klingaman is in his eighth year as the head women’s basketball coach at Kellogg Community College. After graduating from Tekonsha High School in 1986, Klingaman began his coaching career by assisting the football and JV basketball coaches at his alma mater. He quickly realized his love was for the hardwood and started coaching JV football and girls basketball at Athens High School, where he also was the boys’ varsity coach from 1999-2001.
Coach Klingaman continued his coaching career at Homer High School, where he took over the girls’ varsity program from 2001-2006. During the 2006-07 season, he became KCC’s assistant men’s basketball coach and assistant women’s basketball coach simultaneously until he was named the head women’s basketball coach for the 2007-08 season, a position he’s held ever since.
When he isn’t coaching, Coach Klingaman can be found hanging with his seventh grade daughter, Sydney. He enjoys doing the 4-H programs with his daughter in his limited free time, and enjoys being outdoors when he isn’t working his full-time job at FireKeeper’s Casino.
Title: Assistant Coach
Name: Brad Torrey
Coach Torrey is entering his first year as KCC’s assistant women’s basketball coach. Although new to the program and coaching profession, he brings a positive attitude and looks forward to seeing the team continually get better and create excellent team chemistry.
Coach Torrey lives in Marshall with his wife, Andrea, and two sons, Bentley and Brody. He is employed at FireKeepers Casino and, when he isn’t spending time with his family, he enjoys golfing and spending time outdoors.
Title: Strength Coach
Name: Tracy Foster
Coach Foster brings a wealth of experience to the Bruins in the health and wellness world. With more than 10 years of experience as a personal trainer and wellness instructor, Foster is a nationally qualified bodybuilder and figure competitor. Her experience includes training with professional bodybuilders and semipro football players.
Coach Foster has a passion for wellness and fitness. When she isn’t training for competitions, she is raising her two daughters, including Allison, who attends Michigan State University, and Anna, who attends Union City High School.
Title: Head Coach
Name: Derek Herman
A Union City High School graduate and former U.S. Marine, Herman comes to KCC with several years of experience coaching local softball, including stints as Union City’s JV softball coach and as assistant for the Union City varsity team. Since 2011, Herman has been active coaching summer softball and baseball programs and travel softball programs at all ages and skill levels, including teams from B.U.C.S. League II, Brown’s Fastpitch, Shamrocks Fastpitch and Union City Sandy Koufax.
Title: Head Coach
Name: Tom VanWienen
Tom VanWienen is entering his first year as head coach of the women’s volleyball team at KCC. VanWienen will be a familiar face to volleyball fans in the Battle Creek area, where he works as a product specialist for Comcast and resides with wife Jonna and daughters Allison and Kate. He led the varsity team at Pennfield High School from 2008 to 2013, was assistant varsity coach and head JV coach at Olivet College from 2006 to 2008, and coached the varsity team at Climax-Scotts High School from 2001 to 2006.
VanWienen currently serves as director of volleyball regional programming at Battle Creek’s WeCan Volleyball, which runs winter and spring teams that play on an AAU-based schedule throughout Southwest Michigan, and is a coach for the nonprofit Redline Volleyball Club, also located in the Battle Creek area.