After spending the past 16 seasons as one of the most respected pitching coaches in college baseball while at the University of Virginia, Karl Kuhn enters his third season as the head coach at Radford. Kuhn brings unprecedented success from his time with the Cavaliers, including a national championship in 2015, the first in program history for UVA, 14 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including a run of 14 straight from 2004-2017, and four trips to the College World Series. Kuhn’s development of pitchers has led to 46 Virginia pitchers being selected in the MLB draft. Eleven of his pitchers have gone on to reach the big leagues, most notably two-time all-star closer and 2019 World Series Champion Sean Doolittle.
Parker comes to Radford after spending the last two seasons at Army West Point where his offense led the Black Knights to the 2021 Patriot League Championship and the 2021 NCAA Regionals at Texas Tech. During this past season, the Black Knights yielded one of the most effective offenses for the program in recent years. Army led the Patriot League in all batting categories except doubles where they were second. In conference play, Army averaged 9.8 hits and 6.7 runs per game. Freshman Sam Ruta earned Patriot League Rookie of the Year while senior second basemen Tim Simoes was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and nominated for a Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
In 2020, Army was off to a strong start before the season was shortened. Playing only 15 games including powerhouses Duke, Texas A&M, Campbell and Iowa the Black Knights had a team batting average of .268, leading the Patriot League in hits.
Before his time at West Point, Parker spent seven years as an assistant and associate head coach at Odessa College in Texas. His responsibilities included recruiting, hitting and infield coach. He was also a member of the Department of Health and Physical Education faculty.
While at Odessa, Parker played an instrumental role in the transformation of the program. The Wranglers maintained themselves as a nationally ranked offense in many categories and housed four NJCAA All-Americans and three MLB draft picks. In 2017 the Wranglers were WJCAC champions and Region V finalist or semi-finalist for five straight seasons. During his time with the program, Odessa saw 60+ student-athletes accept baseball scholarships to various NCAA/NAIA programs. Parker is tireless in his work having recruited, developed, and assisted numerous student-athletes in their transfer to power five programs.
Parker previously attended New Mexico Junior College and then transferred to the University of Cincinnati where he completed his collegiate career earning a Bachelor of Science degree. In 2006 he was a 12th round draft pick by the Cincinnati Reds and played professional baseball for six seasons retiring in 2011.
Parker has had the opportunity to be coached and mentored by some of the best in the game. Most notably over the years was Ray Birmingham (University of New Mexico), Brad Meador (Director of Amateur Scouting, Cincinnati Reds) and David Bell (Manager, Cincinnati Reds). In 2016 he earned a Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Sciences from Ohio University.
“In our search for the right fit for our offensive approach and philosophy here at Radford, we were looking for a teacher with great communication skills, a tireless recruiter and tremendous work ethic,” commented Kuhn. “I have mentioned before the importance to me to have a Championship pedigree as one of the pillars for our baseball program and Logan absolutely fits that criterion. Our program has become instantly elevated with the addition of Coach Parker. Logan is going to assist our current offensive players and future recruits to reach great heights. Coach Parker joins Coach Stambersky and Coach Merrigan as selfless coaches who are dedicated to the development of our players, the pursuit of Championships and the growth of Radford Baseball. We are elated to have Logan, his wife Mary and their two lovely daughters join our Baseball program.
The Radford baseball program announces this afternoon Damian Stambersky will be hired as the next pitching coach at Radford University. Stambersky has totaled over 20 years of coaching experience as both a championship pitching coach and most recently serving as a head coach at CSU-Pueblo.
"It is important to me that we surround our players and baseball program with a championship pedigree," commented head coach Karl Kuhn. "Damian has taken two pitching staffs to the Division II College World Series. He has competed for championships at the division one level as a player and has coached in championship settings on Division II's grandest stage. Our players and our program will be better for the addition of Damian into our fold. I am honored and humbled that Damian, his wife Valerie and their two children will be joining our Radford baseball family."
In just his first season at CSU-Pueblo fighting the COVID-19 pandemic Stambersky posted a 15-24 overall record. While he was at the helm the Thunderwolves recorded victories over the 25th ranked, 21st ranked, 18th ranked, and 1st ranked teams in Division II. The team's highlight of the season came when they handed the top-team in Division II Colorado Mesa just their third regular season loss of the season and snapped their 21-game winning streak.
Before his time at CSU-Pueblo, Stambersky spent six seasons as the pitching coach at the University of Central Missouri. While there, the Mules advanced to two NCAA Division II College World Series appearances (2016 and 2019) and compiled an incredible 210-91 record. The Mules captured two Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association Regular Season Championships, three NCAA Regionals appearances, and three MIAA Tournament Championships while he was an assistant coach with the program.
In 2020 before the season was shortened due to COVID-19, Stambersky coached three pitchers that would eventually sign with the Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, and Houston Astros which brought his total up to seven total players signed by MLB teams during his career.
Stambersky's pitching staff has ranked in the top two in the MIAA in ERA during all six of his seasons at Central Missouri. In 2019 the team posted a 46-16 record and a 3.86 ERA which included striking out a MIAA-best 562 batters. Opponents were held to a .227 batting average that season and in the postseason the program posted a 2.70 ERA on the way to a third-place finish in Division II.
Stambersky also coached 17 pitchers to All-MIAA honors and another two to All-American honors. Some of his primary duties as top assistant coach were to coordinate and implement all recruiting efforts. He was responsible for all advanced scouting and defensive game planning and ran all prospect and youth baseball camps. As the pitching coach, he designed individual pitching development plans, managed pitching staff usage, and created individual strength and conditioning plans for the pitchers.
Before his time at Central Missouri, he spent 11 seasons coaching at Kansas City Community College as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. While there he coached nine players to Division I opportunities as well as four players who would move on to play professionally.
Stambersky got his coaching start with four seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, the University of Arkansas Little Rock. The Trojans would total 109 wins during his tenure there, with the program totaling a record of 33 wins in 2000. He earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arkansas Little Rock in 2000. He would later go on to obtain a master's degree in Exercise Science in 2007 from California University of Pennsylvania.
Josh Merrigan enters his third season with the Highlanders after making previous stops at Youngstown State, Morningside College, Highland Community College and Wayne State. Merrigan, who played at Oklahoma State and spent six years as a scout with the Tampa Bay Rays, oversees analytics for the Highlander baseball program.
Dylan Stowell enters his first season with the Highlanders as the director of baseball operations & player development. He joins the program after spending the last 3 years coaching at Godwin High School in Richmond, Virginia. while on the staff he worked with infielders/catchers and hitters. The Godwin Eagles made it to the 5a state championship (2019) and state semi-finals (2021) while Stowell was on the staff.
Stowell spent his collegiate career playing at Methodist University under ABCA hall of fame coach Tom Austin. While there he earned his bachelor of science degree in sport management. After his time at Methodist, Stowell went on to earn his master’s degree from Liberty University.
Guynn manages all day-to-day operations of the student-athlete support services facility and provides academic support to Radford’s 16 athletic programs. Guynn also oversees the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at Radford. Since Guynn arrived at Radford, ten Highlander baseball players have earned Big South All-Academic honors, including two-time honorees Kyle Palmer (2017,2018) and Straton Podaras (2019, 2020).
Allison McCoy is in her third season with the Highlanders’ Student-Athlete Support Services team and is the academic adviser for the Radford Baseball team. In her role, McCoy oversees the day-to-day operations of Radford’s study hall program for student-athletes. McCoy is also instrumental in helping our student-athletes with essential skills such as time management, resume building and career planning. McCoy is a major asset to the baseball team. She has helped the Baseball program maintain a 3.0+ GPA since starting her role with the team. She played a vital role in the Baseball program winning back-to-back ABCA Academic Excellence Awards in 2020 and 2021. Radford Baseball is one of two programs in the state of Virginia to achieve back-to-back honors. Her hard work and dedication each day helps our athletes thrive in the classroom and preparing them for life after Baseball.
Jennifer Norton is the Assistant Athletics Director for Sport Performance. Since coming on board in August of 2018, she has dedicated a tremendous amount of time pushing athletes to the next level so they can exceed on the field. Her leadership in our strength and conditioning program has allowed our athletes to go above and beyond on the field.
Her primary sport responsibilities include all aspects involved in the physical development of the softball, lacrosse, women’s soccer, women’s tennis, and women’s golf programs. She also will help lead the “RU Future Coaches Program” which is geared toward bridging the gap between the classroom and weight room for young professionals in the field.
Jennifer comes to Radford after spending the previous four years at her alma mater, Florida Atlantic University. She began her stint at FAU as the Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning in 2014 where she focused her attention on leading the women’s basketball, women’s soccer, indoor volleyball, softball, men’s soccer, women’s golf and men’s golf programs. She also played an integral role assisting with all facets of FAU’s Football program.
In January 2017, Jennifer earned a promotion to the Director of Strength & Conditioning for Olympic Sports, where she oversaw all day to day operations, including the FAU internship program and 18 varsity sports.
Prior to FAU, Norton was an Assistant Sport Performance Coach at Bradley University where she worked with indoor volleyball, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis. She also coordinated team scheduling and programming for 220+ athletes with the program’s director. Her stint at Bradley included three months as the Interim Assistant Director of Sport Performance, as well as the Assistant Women’s Golf Coach.
Norton was a five-year Division-I Student-Athlete at Florida Atlantic University in the sport of golf (2006-11), earning eight top-10 finishes.
While at FAU, she obtained her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion in May of 2010. She earned her Master's degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion-Strength and Conditioning in May 2012, also working as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Exercise Science.
Making the most of her time at FAU, Norton served as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach from August of 2011-13. She also served as the Women’s Assistant Golf Coach from 2012-13 and was an adjunct professor for the Department of Exercise Science in 2013.
Associate Athletic Trainer John Shifflett is in 10th season at Radford, having joined the staff in January 2012. Shifflett is the primary athletic trainer for the Highlander baseball program and also oversees the rehab process and protocols for all 16 of Radford’s athletic programs. Shifflett has worked to develop preventative screening protocols alongside Radford’s physical therapists and has developed presentations regarding shoulder rotation and injury risk in baseball.
Dr. Christofer Catterson serves as the orthopedic surgeon on the sports medicine staff and is responsible for the orthopedic care for all Radford University athletes after joining the staff in 2013. His current academic responsibilities include being an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. Catterson’s expertise includes various knee ligament tears along with arm and shoulder injuries.
Dr. Delmas Bolin, a primary care physician and sports medicine specialist, is Radford University's head team physician for intercollegiate athletics. Bolin serves as the team physician for Highlander Athletics and directs a team composed of ive Staff Certified Athletic Trainers, two Certified Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainers and student athletic trainers enrolled in Radford’s accredited undergraduate athletic training program. Bolin’s background includes training in non-operative orthopedics and biomechanics.
Robert Lineburg is in his 13th year as director of athletics at his alma mater after being introduced in the fall of 2007. During his time, Lineburg has hired 13 of the Highlanders’ current head coaches, including head baseball coach Karl Kuhn, and Highlander teams have advanced to nine NCAA tournaments since 2013. In that seven-year span, twelve Big South regular season championships have resided in the New River Valley. Overall, Lineburg has overseen the Highlanders capture 22 Big South regular-season championships, 17 Big South tournament championships and make 19 NCAA tournament appearances. Lineburg has also overseen Radford baseball’s largest transformations in facilities, helping lead fundraising efforts for Williams Field at Carter Memorial Stadium, which was opened in 2011, and the Sioros Center indoor facility, which was completed in 2016, along with new locker rooms, training and medical facilities for all Radford programs.
Cory Durand is in his tenth year with Radford Athletics and fourth as the Associate Athletics Director for External Operations. In his role, Durand is the sport administrator for the Highlander baseball program and also oversees the day-to-day operations of Radford’s external areas, which include marketing, communications, digital media, ticket sales and operaions, and the institution’s licensing management program. Durand serves as the department liaison for Radford Sports Properties (a property of Learfield Sports), and handles relationships with ESPN+, Learfield Licensing, BSN Sports/Nike, and SIDEARM Sports. Durand was previously recognized in Sports Launch Magazine as being one of the top 30 athletic administrators under the age of 30.
Nicole Green is the administrative services manager for Radford Athletics. In her role, Green serves as the direct contact between the athletics department and the HR and payroll offices at Radford. She also facilitates annual contract renewal documents, job descriptions, performance plans and other related documents to ensure compliance with university, state and federal guidelines. Green administers purchases and procurement processes within the athletic department and also assists coaches and support staff regarding policies and procedures pertaining to human resources, payroll, finance and procurement.
Greg Wolfe enters his third season as a Communications Assistant at Radford and was hired on Sep. 11, 2019. Wolfe serves as the primary contact for Baseball, Women's Soccer and Men's/Women's Tennis as well as the Radford Athletics website. He also provides assistance to many of the other programs at Radford.
Prior to being hired, Wolfe spent two years interning in the sports information department at Radford. While interning he assisted in the work of many different sports behind the scenes as well as calling and inputting statistics at events. Wolfe joined as an intern his freshman year while working towards a communications degree at Radford.