Kost named Colts' VP and General Manager
San Angelo, Texas - The San Angelo Colts, of the United League, announced Monday the hiring of Dave Kost to serve as the club's next Vice President and General Manager. Kost will be the successor to outgoing general manager Mike Babcock, who served in the same capacity with the Colts since 2006. Babcock announced back in November 2012 that he was pursuing other opportunities in hopes to spend more quality time with his family.
No stranger to the United League, Kost previously held the position of Assistant General Manager with the Amarillo Dillas in 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010, and served as Vice President and General Manager of the Harlingen WhiteWings during the 2008 season. He spent a portion of the 2012 season working with the Amarillo Sox, of the American Association, as the club's Vice President of Business Operations.
Prior to joining the Amarillo Dillas in 2006, he spent the previous five years residing in St. Louis, Mo., where he coached American Legion Baseball for the Brentwood AAA Program from 2003- 05; compiling a record of 73 wins and 45 losses, including a District 10 Championship Trophy in 2004. While coaching with Brentwood, many of his players moved onto productive baseball careers. Most notable is Scott Van Slyke, who played three years for Brentwood before being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 14th Round of the June 2005 Amateur Draft.
From 1992-1995, Kost served as the Head Baseball Coach at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh. During this time, CCAC achieved its first ever trip to the NJCAA Division III World Series, finishing the 1993 Season ranked 6th in the nation among NJCAA Division III Baseball Programs. Kost set a school baseball record for number of coaching victories during his three year tenure with 88 career wins. The success enjoyed at CCAC earned him numerous coaching awards including NJCAA Division III Coach of the Year Honors (1993), Diamond Sports/ABCA Region Coach of the Year (1993), Louisville Slugger Achievement Award (1993), and Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC) Coach of the Year Award (1992).
From 1993-96, Kost scouted for the Philadelphia Phillies, covering amateur and professional baseball. While with the Phillies, Kost served under Area Scout Lloyd Merritt, who prior to joining the Phillies organization, coached alongside Kost as the pitching coach for the Community College of Allegheny County (1993).
Kost attended Butler County Community College in Butler, Pennsylvania from 1988-1990 as a Business Administration major, and played collegiate baseball under former major league pitcher and current Yale University head baseball coach, John Stuper. After two years under the tutelage of Stuper, Kost decided to pursue a career in professional baseball, working for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1989-90) and the Savannah Cardinals (1991), before moving onto the collegiate coaching ranks in 1992. Kost credits his baseball career success to having spent countless hours listening and learning the game from George Kissell, Chet Montgomery, Jerry Lafferty, Lloyd Merritt, and longtime friend Andy Van Slyke.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Kost played and managed semi-pro baseball in the Greater Pittsburgh area. His baseball resume includes working as an instructor at Princeton University, SUNY Stony Brook, St. Louis Branch Rickey Fellowship of Christian Athletes (St. Louis), and Balls-N-Strikes (St. Louis).
"These are exciting times in San Angelo", Kost said. "I inherit a team storied with tradition and an extremely loyal fan base which makes this a bit the "dream job" to have in Independent baseball. Mike (Babcock) and his staff took tremendous care of the club over the last seven years and it is our hope to continue the legacy and affordable family entertainment of Colts' baseball not only this year, but for years to come."
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