Illinois State’s men’s baseball team continued to fill its staff roster Monday when head coach Bo Durkac named Michael Kellar pitching coach. Durkac also appointed former Redbird player and coach Mike Stalowy an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
“It’s kind of a dream job for me,” Kellar, a Colfax native, said. “I grew up going to ISU baseball camps and have always followed the teams, and with my dad, sister and grandfather all going to ISU and playing sports, I’m just very excited to be coming in to try and build on a great tradition.”
Kellar, who comes to ISU from Siena College, served as an assistant coach there for three seasons as well as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator the past two seasons.
Durkac is looking forward to having Kellar as a part of the Redbird coaching staff.
“Having coached under the legendary [Siena coach] Tony Rossi, Michael assumed many duties such as recruiting, organizing camps, working with the strength and conditioning staff, planning practice and, of course, handling a pitching staff,” Durkac said. “It’s obvious that Michael has the knowledge, the experience and the personality to be a top-flight pitching coach in the Missouri Valley Conference. I know our pitchers will be excited to work with Michael each day, and I am looking forward to adding him to the staff.”
Kellar, who comes from a baseball-heavy background, was a star player at Niagara from 2008-09 and was a team captain and All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference selection during his senior year, when he managed a 6-1 record against MAAC competition and lead the team with a 3.56 ERA in league pkay.
A shoulder injury ended Kellar’s playing career during spring training in 2010 before he could join the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League. However, joining the Redbirds will give him the chance to continue his involvement in baseball while also joining a school that his family has been a part of for generations.