Profile from North Park University website (Kevin Shepke, SID):
Kolb begins his first season as a coach with the Vikings, bringing a record-setting background with him. “Without question, Brian is one of the finest hitters to ever come through this league. With respect to Viking Hall of Famer Randy Ross, this league hadn’t had a hitter of Brian’s caliber playing a premium position in a long, long time,” says head coach Luke Johnson. “He will fit in very well with the rest of our staff, and our players will benefit greatly from another All-America award winner who also has several years of successful professional baseball playing experience. He’s a winner with credibility and he’ll convey that clearly.”
Kolb was a mainstay in fellow CCIW member Wheaton College’s lineup from 2007-2010. The four-time All-CCIW shortstop (three First Team awards) owns 10 single season and 10 career school records, including highest career batting average (.450), and on-base percentage (.517). His 270 career hits, 56 doubles, 156 RBI, and 173 runs scored all place him first all-time in the Thunder record book. The three-time ABCA All-Region selection was also a first team All-America selection in 2008. In a season for the ages, Kolb lead every division of the NCAA with a .527 batting average, recording 77 hits as well as 25 stolen bases. He is tied for 13th all-time in NCAA Division III history in career hits and 17th in career batting average. He then moved on to sign as a free agent with Evansville of the Frontier league spending four seasons in professional baseball, mostly with the Gary Railcats. Kolb logged a career .287 batting average as a professional, with his finest year being his last in 2013. He helped lead Gary to the American Association Championship while hitting a career high .311 with 17 doubles and 12 stolen bases. In 2012 and 2013, Kolb also served as an assistant coach at his alma mater.
“Brian always played our style of baseball, and I admired that from across the field. He was able to play aggressively, while never losing his composure. He was a marked man from his first year on, and his ability to adjust mentally and physically to how he was being worked is one crucial thing he will help our players with. He’s as bright a person and baseball mind as there is, and we’re lucky to have him,” states Johnson.
Kolb graduated from Wheaton in 2010 with a degree in Economics and is currently earning his MBA from the University of Chicago. Kolb will work with the hitters and infielders.