Fri, Jun. 29, 2012
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Hammond, IN - Director of Athletics, Peter Haze Haring, announces the promotion of Brian Nowakowski as the new Head Baseball Coach for Calumet College of St. Joseph. He becomes the fourth head coach within the program's eleven year history. Nowakowski served as an assistant coach this past season for the Crimson Wave primarily focusing on the development of the team's pitching staff.
The former 1997 draft pick of the Minnesota Twins will be given the responsibility of rebuilding a Crimson Wave program that finished last in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference this past season. Nowakowski's experience and knowledge of the game will provide a solid foundation towards the future growth and success of the CCSJ baseball program.
"I am extremely happy about having the opportunity to use my baseball experience at Calumet College of St. Joseph," states Nowakowski. "It is my goal to build a quality baseball program that has discipline, determination and commitment."
"Brian is the right guy for our baseball program," says Haring. "I like his enthusiasm for the game and he has a good plan on where our program needs to be while serving as its leader."
A standout high school player at St. Francis De Sales (Chicago) Nowakowski took advantage of fulfilling his dream of playing professional baseball after being drafted as a pitcher by the Minnesota Twins. His career as a major league player was cut short after two seasons due to a severe shoulder injury sustained while playing. During his time within the Minnesota Twins organization Nowakowski was mentored by Steve Little (current first base coach of the Twins), Kevin O'Sullivan (Head Coach of the University of Florida) and Gary Matthews (former MLB player). After returning back home to Chicago he became active in the Eastside Little League which was led by his father Clement Nowakowski, a former draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals. He would also provide his knowledge of the game as an assistant coach at his high school alma mater for a season and then at Hammond Cark High School for two years.
"Brian has a very good understanding of our baseball program and knows what needs to change to make our team more competitive in the CCAC and NAIA," states Haring. "I am very excited to see how he will instill his experience and knowledge to our current and incoming players. I know he has been a hard working individual throughout his life and I believe he will develop a team with the same hard working attitude."
According to Nowakowski, "I am a product of this area and it is my goal to build a strong team that will represent the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland region. I feel I can recruit a quality player who can contribute immediately to the future success of the CCSJ baseball program, and I look forward to bringing a fun and exciting brand of baseball to CCSJ and the neighboring community."