Special to the Leader & Times
After two years as a pitcher and assistant baseball coach for the Seward County Saints in Liberal, and two years as a pitcher followed by two years as a manager for the Arkansas Razorback Baseball program, Christian Kowalchuk was officially hired by Arkansas Razorbacks Head Baseball Coach Dave Van Horn, earlier this year to be one of the assistant baseball coaches.
With Kowalchuk’s new position on the Razorbacks baseball staff, he will be the first Canadian to Coach Div.1 Baseball in the Southeastern Conference.
The Razorbacks baseball program is usually ranked in the top 30 in the nation out of 300 NCAA Div. 1 teams and several times were ranked No.1 and in the top 10, including 2009 when they made it all the way to the College World Series, whereby Kowalchuk was the first and only Saskatchewan baseball player in to ever play in the NCAA Div.1 College World Series and the only Canadian player in the 2009 College World Series.
Along with the many new responsibilities Kowalchuk will have in his new position, some of them will be working along side pitching coach Dave Jorn with the pitchers, outfielders, hitters and as the first base coach.
Under the leadership of head baseball coach Dave Van Horn, this year’s selection as head baseball coach for the 2014 USA Collegiate National Team, 17 players from the Razorback baseball program were selected in the 2013, 2014 Major League Baseball draft in the past two years, many in the first five rounds.
The Razorbacks play in one of the best College Baseball Parks in the USA ranked by Baseball America with seating capacity at over 10,000 and this year opened its doors to its world-class baseball indoor training center.
While with the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball program, Kowalchuk received his Degree in Economics, his Master’s Degree in Education this (December 2013) and has completed his first semester toward achieving his Master’s Degree in Sports Management. In April of 2013, the University of Arkansas awarded Kowalchuk the “Outstanding Master’s Student” at the Master’s level after achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA.