Kowalchuk is no stranger to the Arkansas baseball program, having played for the Razorbacks in 2009 and 2010, including an appearance in the 2009 College World Series. The left-hander made 29 appearances in his Razorback career, posting a 2.77 earned run average with a 3-0 record.
“Christian has seen every aspect of our program and knows our style and what we expect of the players,” said head coach Dave Van Horn. “He has experience playing in key games and was a big contributor and leader when we went to the College World Series in 2009. Our players really look up to him and he has a bright future as a coach.”
Kowalchuk will assist pitching coach Dave Jorn with the pitching staff and will also work with the hitters and outfielders.
As a graduate assistant coach under Coach Van Horn the last two seasons, he assisted with the pitchers as Arkansas made back-to-back NCAA Regionals and posted the two lowest earned run averages in program history, including the nation’s best 1.89 ERA in 2013. The Razorbacks also led the country in hits allowed per nine innings (6.78) in 2013.
He received Academic Honor Roll honors as a player in 2009 and earned Outstanding Student Award honors in the graduate program in 2013.
As a member of the Seward County Junior College baseball team from 2007-2008, Kowalchuk earned Freshman NJCAA All-American honors in 2007, All-Conference honors in 2007 and 2008 and Preseason All-American honors in 2008. He also appeared on the Dean’s List in both seasons at Seward County Junior College.
He took his talents to the professional ranks following his days as a Razorback, signing a professional contract with the Kansas City T-Bones in the summer of 2012, before inking with the Evansville Otters in the summer of 2013.
He served as an assistant coach at Seward County Community College during the 2012 season, working under NJCAA Hall of Fame Coach Galen Mcspadden and helping lead the team to the region 6 playoffs. Kowalchuk helped coordinate practice and was in charge of the strength and conditioning program.
Kowalchuk earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 2011 and completed his Masters of Physical Education in 2013 from the University of Arkansas.
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