Polk State College baseball has selected Casey Kulina as its new pitching coach.
A former Eagles player from Hummelstown, Pa., Kulina replaces Brad Cook, who accepted a position as pitching coach at UMass-Lowell.
"We're thrilled to add Coach Kulina to our staff," said Head Coach Al Corbeil.
"He is a true student of the game and he had one of the most decorated seasons for a pitcher in the school's history in 2014 as we went 12-1, just one win shy of tying the school record for single season wins. He was named the FCSAA State Pitcher of the Year and received All-American accolades.
"He's a competitor, and we've remained close throughout the years as I've watched him have success playing at the Division I level and then professionally.
"He's going to have a positive impact on our guys both on and off the field. We are fortunate to have him back in the Eagles uniform."
After graduating from Polk State in 2014, Kulina attended Jacksonville University, where he posted a 10-1 record in 20 starts for the Dolphins.
While at JU he made the dean's list and earned a spot on the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic Team. He received a bachelor of science degree in social science in 2016 and expects to complete requirements for his MBA degree from JU in October of this year.
Kulina was signed by and pitched in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization in 2017. In 38 innings in Rookie League he had a 3-1 record with three saves and a 2.37 ERA. He issued only eight walks while striking out 47.
"It's truly an honor having the opportunity to return to Polk State and coach," said Kulina.
"I want to thank Al Corbeil and Athletic Director Bing Tyus for offering me the chance to coach at a school that holds a special place in my heart.
"I also can't thank Brad Cook enough for what he did for me and all the other pitchers who have come through the Polk program. I wish him, his wife Sarah, and their two boys nothing but the best with the new position at UMass-Lowell. They certainly got one of the best.
"Brad, Al, and Polk State baseball helped revitalize my college career at a point where it was needed the most. They not only made me better as a player but also prepared me for anything life would throw my way.
"Polk State made my playing career and my life better than I ever thought it would be. It opened up so many doors to success. Therefore, it is very special and humbling to be able to come back and have the opportunity to open those same doors for the young men in our baseball program. Soar, Eagles!"
Kulina has served as pitching coach for Hummelstown (Pa.) Legion Baseball, instructor at Kulina Baseball Camp, and scout and talent evaluator for Factory Athletics (Columbia, Md.).
He has also done data analysis for the San Francisco Giants and worked as a physical therapist technician.
His brother Kaylor Kulina played for Polk State as a middle infielder on the 2015 and 2016 Suncoast Conference Championship seasons.