The Illinois State Redbirds have had quite the offseason, headlined by new head coach Bo Durkac. Now the program will be seeing a familiar face return as former Redbird star Mike Stalowy will be returning as the new assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
Stalowy’s homecoming comes only four years after he left the University back in 2010. Before that, Stalowy spent his entire collegiate career at ISU, playing from 2006-2009. Known as one of the most versatile players in the Missouri Valley Conference, the All-MVC selection could play nearly every position on the field and racked up an impressive 169 hits in 178 games.
Only a few years removed from his playing career, Stalowy has plenty of experience necessary for the position. Following his senior year, Stalowy stayed as a student assistant coach, helping to lead the Redbirds to one of their most successful seasons ever. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Parks and Recreation Administration, Stalowy left ISU to serve as an assistant coach at both Bellarmine and Valparaiso Universities. That experience will likely prove very valuable as he moves back to Normal.
“I have watched Mike advance in his coaching career during his time at Bellarmine and at Valparaiso, and his former head coaches (Matt Tyner and Brian Schmack) could not say enough good things about him,” head coach Bo Durkac said. “He is a tireless, relentless recruiter, and having played and coached here, he has a tremendous amount of pride in his alma mater. I am excited to work alongside him, as we try to take Illinois State to the next level.”
Stalowy’s hiring comes in a timely manner given the recent head coaching change, as his familiarity with the program will no doubt make Durkac’s transition to head coach even easier. Given his success at Bellarmine and Valparaiso, Stalowy will be a great addition to an already impressive coaching staff.
“Bo is a guy I have always looked up to in the coaching profession and I look forward to working with him again,” Stalowy said. “I think the groundwork has been laid for us to be a successful team. Now it’s up to us and we look forward to doing that.”