Kaline joins the coaching staff for OU baseball

By: Christian Davis | Rochester Post | Published July 14, 2016

 Birmingham Groves graduate Colin Kaline has been named co-coach of the Oakland University men’s baseball team along with Jacke Healey.

Birmingham Groves graduate Colin Kaline has been named co-coach of the Oakland University men’s baseball team along with Jacke Healey.

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Former local prep star Colin Kaline will once again make a dugout in Oakland County his home.

The 2007 Birmingham Groves graduate has been named co-coach of the Oakland University men’s baseball program along with Jacke Healey

Kaline, who is the grandson of Detroit Tigers Hall of Famer Al Kaline, coached the hitters and infield the last three seasons at Florida Southern, where he helped lead the team to a No. 7 ranking nationally this past season.

Healey was the Golden Grizzlies’ top assistant the last three years and was named interim head coach in June.

“Colin and Jacke bring unique skill sets to the table and will mesh well with one another in terms of their joint leadership roles and also will collectively mesh well with this generation of student-athletes,” said Oakland Director of Athletics Jeff Konya in a prepared statement. “I recognize that the nature of this announcement may be viewed by some as nontraditional but is exactly the type of hire that we are not afraid to make because it will positively impact our culture and student-athlete experience.”

At Groves, Kaline hit .535 with only three strikeouts in 187 at-bats.

He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 25th out of high school, but chose to attend Florida Southern, where he continued his efficient style at the plate. He led the team in walks three seasons and was tops his senior year with a .287 average.

Kaline was again drafted by the Tigers, this time in the 26th round, and he spent two years in the organization before starting his coaching career for the Gulf Coast League Tigers.

Healey came to Oakland from the University of Pittsburgh, where he coached the infielders and helped the team to a program-best 42 wins. He was drafted in the 27th round by the Houston Astros in 2010 and helped lead the TriCity Valleycats to a league championship. He graduated from Youngstown State as a two-time All-Region and All-Conference selection, and in just two years, ranks in the top-10 in program history in batting average, home runs and RBIs.

“We had an incredible candidate pool to lead our baseball program,” said Oakland Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs Padraic McMeel in a prepared statement. “As we evaluated what is best for our student-athletes, Jacke and Colin bring outstanding qualities to Oakland baseball that we could not pass on. We are excited to have them lead our program and young men now and into the future.”

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