2016 Baseball - Chicago
2016 Baseball - Chicago Coaches
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Jason Becker
Head Coach- 8th Season

Phone: 708-259-9082
E-mail: [email protected]

Jason Becker begins his eighth season with the Eagles and he took over the head coaching reigns from Mike Kashirsky, who has moved into the Director of Baseball Operations role of the RMU Baseball program after becoming a full-timer on the Chicago White Sox staff, during the 2012-2013 season.  Becker previously served as the Eagles’ pitching coach.

 "Jason knows what it takes to be successful at the collegiate level," says Director of Baseball Operations Mike Kashirsky.  “And he's got experience at just about every level of competition."

That evaluation has been borne out by the performance of Coach Becker's pitching staff over the last four years.  He has coached five All-Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference hurlers as well as mentoring Rey Rodriguez’ All-American First Team selection and CCAC Conference Pitcher of the Year season in 2012.

Coach Becker ranks as one of St. Joseph College’s all-time greats.  A four-year letterman for the Pumas, he led his team to the Great Lakes Valley Conference championship in his senior season, the second straight year he garnered honors as the GLVC's top shortstop.  He still ranks among the Top 10 for his career in six statistical categories, holding down the top spot for stolen bases and sacrifice flies.  During his junior season he reached based in nearly half of all his plate appearances, compiling an on-base percentage of .498 for the season.  He also holds the SJC record for the most steals in a season, grabbing 43 sacks in during his third college campaign.

He also twice earned sports on the NCAA Division II All-Midwest Region Baseball Team while helping the Pumas to two regional titles during his tenure.

Coach Becker's performance as an intercollegiate player was rewarded when the New York Yankees drafted him after his senior season.  His professional career was cut short by an injury, and he moved into coaching.

He has coached both basketball and baseball a number at a number of south suburban Chicago high schools, including Bremen in Midlothian, Illinois, and Tinley Park High School, in Tinley Park, Illinois.  He is currently the Tinley Park Girls Basketball Coach and was named Conference Coach of the Year this past season.  He was a member of Oak Forest High School Head Basketball Coach Mike Brown's staff for a number of years.  He has extensive youth baseball coaching credits, among them a stint with the Chicago White Sox Training Camps.

He has been a physical education teacher at Jack Hille Middle School in Forest Ridge, Illinois, since 2002.

Mike Kashirsky
Director of Baseball Operations- 4th Season

Baseball Phone: 815-351-5418
E-mail: [email protected]

When Robert Morris began searching for a coach to rebuild the Eagles Baseball program, it turned out they had the man they wanted already on the coaching staff.  RMU jumped at the chance to put former Chicago White Sox farmhand Mike Kashirsky in charge of the Eagle nine.  Their confidence was confirmed when Kashirsky led the Eagles to the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship in 2010, earning the Eagles their first-ever invitation to the NAIA National Championship Tournament.  RMU won their opening round game before bowing to eventual national champion, Cumberland University (KY).  He then led the Eagles to the 2011 CCAC regular season title and top record in the conference to earn a second consecutive NAIA National Tournament berth, earning himself CCAC Conference Coach of the Year honors.

In addition to his professional and collegiate playing experience, the new Eagle headman has eight years of coaching behind him, including five seasons in the professional ranks.

In 2008, he took over as the manager of the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League, leading them to 42-15 record over the last two months of the season and the team's second consecutive league title.

Kashirsky was an assistant coach for Robert Morris in 2008 after two years at the helm of the Moraine Valley Community College program.  During his tenure the Cyclones were 69-40 and were 2007 Region 4 Sauk Valley sectional champions.  That feat earned him honors as the 2007 Skyway Conference Newcomer Coach of the Year and the Chicago Pitch and Hit Division 2 Junior College Coach of the Year.

Prior to his years at MVCC, Kashirsky was an assistant coach at his alma mater, NCAA Division II Saint Joseph's College of Indiana.  As a player for the Pumas, he earned Academic All-American honors and led his team to two appearances in the College World Series.

He also has four seasons of coaching experience with the Frontier League Windy City Thunderbolts.  During the Thunderbolts' 2007 Frontier League championship season, he served as bench coach and was named to both the 2006 and 2007 Northern Division All-Star game coaching staff. 

The highlight of his professional playing career would have to be his spring-training stints with the Chicago White Sox during the 1999 and 2000 seasons and with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012.  His other stops in organized baseball included seasons with the Cook County Cheetahs and the Green Bay Billies.  Kashirsky was the Northeastern League Rookie of the Year for the Billies.  He also had the unusual experience of playing professional baseball in Italy, suiting up in the Italian Baseball League for the Marina Braves.

Upon his return from playing in Italy, he took over the reins of the Upper Deck Cougars 18-and-under team, winning the 2002 National Championship and winning Chicago Pitch and Hit Amateur Coach of the Year honors.  he was recently inducted in the program's Hall of Fame.

"We are excited by the wide array of experiences Kash brings to our program," said AD Smith Eggert.  "He will not only be a great coach but a great ambassador for Robert Morris.

Brett Velon
Hitting Coach- 1st Season

RMU alumnus Brett Velon joins the coaching staff for his first year as team’s Hitting/Outfield/Strength & Conditioning Coach for the 2015-2016 season.

Velon played his first two years of his college career at Joliet Junior College, where he was an All-Conference and All-Region outfielder for the Wolves, as well as a member of the 2008 Junior College World Series Champion team.  He also was part of the NABF National Championship team in 2010 with the Beecher Muskies and was named the CSBL Player of the Year the same year. 

He went on to finish his education at RMU, graduating with honors in Management in 2011.  During his two years as an Eagle, he was a two time CCAC All-Conference player and earned CCAC Conference Player of the Year and NAIA All-American honors in 2011 as the team’s starting center fielder.

Tyler Martin
Pitching Coach- 1st Season

Tyler Martin begins his first season as Pitching Coach for the Eagles after spending the 2014-2015 season in the same role for CCAC Conference foe Cardinal Stritch University.  While coaching at Stritch, he helped guide the Wolves to their first ever CCAC Conference Tournament appearance and coached three CCAC All-Conference pitchers.

Martin also pitched his junior and senior seasons at Stritch after pitching his first two years at Kankakee Community College, where he was the team’s Freshman of the Year and posted a 10-4 career record.  After college, Martin pitched one season for the Eau Claire Cavaliers of the Wisconsin State League, where he was voted runner-up for the league’s Pitcher of the Year award and also threw the seventh no-hitter in the team’s history.

Martin’s coaching resume also includes being a pitching instructor at Ed Sedar Baseball Academy (2014-2015), manager of the Sheboygan A’s of the Wisconsin State League and Langsdorf League (2014-2015), and JV coach at Catholic Memorial High School in Milwaukee (2011).  While manager of the Sheboygan A’s, a summer collegiate team, he coached the team to the Langsdorf League championship and was named 2014 Wisconsin State League Manager of the Year.

Coach Martin graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with a Bachelor Degree in Sports Management and also completed a Master’s Degree in Sports Management at the school in 2014.

Andrew Sebastian
Varsity Reserve Head Coach- 1st Season
Andrew Sprenke
Varsity Reserve Assistant Coach- 1st Season
Adam Pasko
Varsity Reserve Pitching Coach- 1st Season
Austin Zakroczemski
Varsity Reserve Assistant Coach- 1st Season