Asbury College announces new baseball coach
WILMORE, KY—Asbury College is pleased to announce Bob Silvanik as the new head baseball coach. Silvanik served as the Eagles pitching coach for the 2007-08 season.
“I am grateful to Asbury College for offering this coaching position to me and I truly appreciate the chance to lead a program with such high caliber young men as those here at Asbury,” Silvanik said. “It will be an honor to help build a baseball program that strives for success on the field as we uphold the Asbury College values of academic excellence and spiritual vitality.”
Silvanik brings more than 25 years of coaching experience to the head coaching position. Silvanik has served as assistant coach for Revere High School in Bath, Ohio; head coach for several Lexington-area youth teams, including the Lexington Hustlers select team; head coach at Madison Southern High School; and camp instructor and coach for UK baseball camps during the Keith Madison and John Cohen regimes. He also served as a regional scouting director for the Birmingham-based National Scouting Report.
Silvanik played at Lexington’s Tates Creek High School was the Most Valuable Pitcher with a 10-0 record as a senior. He went on to earn Academic All-American honors as relief pitcher at the University of Kentucky, setting the school record for saves in a season in 1981.
Silvanik is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and serves as a minister of North Middletown Christian Church in Bourbon County. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Kentucky and received a master’s of divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary in May 2008. Silvanik is married to Amy and they have two children, son Jackson and daughter Jordan.
“We are excited and blessed to have someone of Coach Silvanik’s character and experience lead our team at Asbury College,” said Gary Kempf, Asbury College Athletic Director. “He brings a wealth baseball knowledge and expertise, a caring attitude for the players, and a desire to help all our student-athletes grow in every facet of their lives.”