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Head Coach Mike Kazlausky

Mike Kazlausky enters his eighth year as Air Force baseball head coach in 2018. Kazlausky was named head baseball coach on June 2, 2011, by Athletic Director Dr. Hans Mueh. Kazlausky retired from active duty, effective June 1, 2011, and his interim tag was lifted to official head coach status. A former player and Academy graduate, Kazlausky epitomizes what it means to don the Falcon baseball Blue and White.

Kazlausky, known as "Coach Kaz" is a 1991 Academy graduate and has also logged six years as an assistant coach at the Academy. He is the first Academy graduate to become head baseball coach at Air Force and was the program's first military coach since 1988.

Kazlausky retired with the rank of major after 20 years of meritorious service with the U.S. Air Force. As the interim head coach in 2011, Kazlausky led the Falcons to a 19-36 overall record, leading the program to the most wins since 2002. The 19 wins were also the second-most in school history against Division I opponents and the most Division I wins by a first-year head coach at the Academy.

The 2017 season had many highlights for Air Force.  The Falcons posted a 27-26 season, marking back-to-back seasons over .500 for the first time since 1994-95.  Air Force also produced two All-Americans in seniors Adam Groesbeck (3rd team OF) and Bradley Haslam (3rd team 3B), an Academic All-American in senior OF Russell Williams and a MLB Draft Pick in Groesbeck (38th round - Atlanta Braves).  Air Force produced four all-conference players, including two first team.  The Falcons had a banner year offensively, leading the nation in six offensive categories, including batting average (.344), doubles (153) and slugging (.545).

Air Force put together one of its best teams in program history in 2016. The Falcons posted a 30-27 record and made a deep run through the Mountain West Championship, finishing third. Falcons had the second most wins in a season in program history and for the second-straight season, set a program record for most Div. I game wins. Air Force had four all-Mountain West honorees, including the conference co-pitcher of the year in junior righthander Griffin Jax and the conference co-freshman of the year in 3B/DH Nic Ready. Jax and junior left fielder Tyler Jones earned All-America honors, while Ready earned freshman All-American honors. Air Force had two junior pitchers picked in the MLB draft, as Jax was a third-round selection of the Minnesota Twins and junior LHP Jacob DeVries went in the 38th round to the Cleveland Indians. The Falcons also got it done in the classroom as well, garnering eight MW all-academic honors including junior first baseman Russell Williams, who earned Academic All-America honors.

The 2015 season showed Air Force's continued upswing as an emerging program.  The Falcons went 23-29 for its winningest season since 2002.  The 22 wins over Div. I opponents set a new program record.  Kazlausky guided the Falcons to its second-ever win over an SEC school with their win over Missouri.  Coach Kaz also had his second-ever MLB draft pick, when senior RHP Ben Yokley was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 29th round.  In 2015, Kazlausky also became Air Force's winningest coach in the Mountain West era.  The 2015 team set 25 school records (individual, team, conference), including best fielding percentage (.966), lowest team ERA in conference play (5.06) and lowest ERA in MW play by a pitcher (Trent Monaghan - 3.65).  Kazlausky had three all-conference performers in outfielders Adam Groesbeck, Spencer Draws and pitcher Griffin Jax.  In addition, the Falcons excelled in the classroom, with seven MW all-academic selection and an academic all-district honoree in outfielder Russell Williams.  The Falcons also sent a player to the prestigious Cape Cod wood bat summer league as pitcher Jacob DeVries played for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox.  

In 2014, Kazlausky guided the Falcons to its best season in over a decade, posting a 20-34 record. The Falcons reached the 20 win mark for the first time since 2002 and its 19 wins over Div. I opponents is tied for the third-most ever in school history. Kazlausky produced his first Freshman All-American in outfielder Tyler Jones, who earned Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors. Jones also earned All-Mountain West honors, becoming the first Air Force freshman to earn all-conference honors in 23 years, dating back to 1991. Air Force was 4-2 against ranked teams in 2014, earning its first-ever series sweep of a ranked team, when it swept #20 UNLV in a three-game series.

The Falcons posted a 15-39 record in 2013. The Falcons had their winningest conference season since 2002. Kazlausky had his first player drafted in senior catcher Garrett Custons, who was a 10th round draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays. Custons was also one of 15 semifinalists for the Johnny Bench Award. Falcon baseball also continued to excel in the classroom, producing a school-record eight Academic All-Conference players.

In 2012, Air Force went 14-39 with a young team that often times started as many as five freshmen in the field. The Falcons posted a 6.10 team ERA that was the second-lowest in the past 30 years. The Falcons featured two All-Mountain West selections in junior catcher Garrett Custons and sophomore designated hitter Seth Kline. The Falcons also posted their first winning season at home since 2002 and defeated a Big 12 school (Kansas) for the first time since 2001. In addition, Air Force set a school record with 46 sacrifice bunts.

In his first year, Kazlausky led Air Force to its first win over a Pac 10 school in 21 years and its first four-game sweep since 2003. The team fielded .960 to set a new school record. Sophomore Garrett Custons earned First-Team All-Mountain West honors by ranking in the conference top 10 in 11 categories. Sophomore right-hander Sean Carley posted one of the best seasons ever by a Falcon pitcher, earning second-team All-MW honors, the first Falcon pitcher to earn all-conference honors since 2002. Carley posted a 3.94 earned run average, the lowest at the Academy in 28 years. His 4.10 ERA in conference games set a school record in the Mountain West era. Air Force lowered its team ERA by over five runs a game from the 2010 season (11.31 to 6.09). The 6.09 team ERA was the lowest at Air Force in 29 years, dating back to 1982.

"This is my school and no one is more proud than I to have gone through the Academy and to have served for 20 years in the Air Force," Kazlausky said. "I look forward to having the opportunity to continue to represent our United States Air Force Academy! It is a tremendous honor and a privilege to be associated with the Academy and the Air Force as the Head Baseball Coach. I have a great understanding of all the pillars at the Academy, and I truly understand the mission of the Academy and the Air Force. Our job, as a staff, is to ensure success not only on the baseball field but in all facets of the Academy and that each young man is ready to lead our great country upon graduation!"

As one of the most inspirational and emotional players to ever wear the Air Force baseball uniform, Kazlausky came to USAFA baseball as a walk-on and started all four years. At the time of his graduation, he held eight career records and still ranks among the top six in nine of the 13 offensive categories. A two-time all-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) selection, Kazlausky led the Falcons in batting in 1989 and 1991.

After a standout baseball career with the Falcons, "Kaz" spent three seasons from 1993 to 1995 as an assistant coach to former Falcon head coach Paul Mainieri, now the head skipper at LSU. During this time, the Falcons posted three consecutive winning seasons. The 1994 team led the nation in batting average, slugging percentage and triples. The 1995 team won 29 games, the second most in school history. After leaving the Academy in the summer of 1995, Kaz spent four years at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., as a pilot in the C-17 aircraft.

He later returned to the Academy in the fall of 2000 as a TG4 and T-41/C-150 evaluator pilot in the 94th Flying Training Squadron. In addition to his flight duties, he also served as the volunteer baseball coach for the Falcons as well as the Preparatory School head baseball coach. During his tenure, the 2002 Falcon team set the school record for most Div. I victories and two Falcon players were drafted into the minor leagues. Kazlausky then returned back to Charleston Air Force Base in 2004. He spent the next two and a half years as a C-17 pilot actively serving in the War on Terror, before returning to the Academy from 2006-2008 for this third tour as an assistant baseball coach. Kazlausky spent 2010 as an Air Officer Commanding (AOC) for cadet squadron 12 at the Academy.

In 2007, Kazlausky was inducted to the Lake County Hall of Fame in Lake County, Ill., for outstanding achievement. In 2008, he was inducted into the 14th Airlift Squadron Hall of Fame in Charleston, S.C..

Coach Kaz and his wife, Kris, live in Monument with their daughter, Sammy and son, Mick.


CJ Gillman | Catching & Hitting

Colorado native C.J. Gillman enters his fourth year at Air Force in 2018. Gillman’s responsibilities include working with the catchers, base running and running the offense, in addition to heading the recruiting.

The 2017 season had many highlights for Air Force and continued its dominance as one of the top hitting teams in the country.  The Falcons posted a 27-26 season, marking back-to-back seasons over .500 for the first time since 1994-95.  Air Force also produced two All-Americans in seniors Adam Groesbeck (3rd team OF) and Bradley Haslam (3rd team 3B), an Academic All-American in senior OF Russell Williams and a MLB Draft Pick in Groesbeck (38th round - Atlanta Braves).  Air Force produced four all-conference players, including two first team.  The Falcons had a banner year offensively, leading the nation in six offensive categories, including batting average (.344), doubles (153) and slugging (.545).  In addition, sophomore catcher Rob Dau led the Mountain West in runner thrown out attempting to steal (24).

The 2016 season was a banner year for the Falcon offense.  Air Force led the Mountain West with a .325 team batting average, ranking third in the nation.  The Falcons also ranked second in the nation in doubles per game with 2.47.  Gillman also helped guide the Mountain West's top hitter in junior 3B/DH, Bradley Haslam, who led the conference with a .408 batting average and set the school record with 95 base hits.

Offensively, Air Force produced a number of award winners in 2016.  Junior OF Tyler Jones, who led the MW with 19 home runs and a .694 slugging percentage, earned Louisville Slugger All-American, Second Team honors.  Jones also earned All-ABCA Midwest and Mountain West First-Team honors.  Freshman 3B/DH Nic Ready earned MW co-Freshman of the Year, NCBWA Freshman All-American, First Team, Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and All-MW Second team honors.  Ready set the school freshman record with 77 hits.  In addition, Haslam and outfielder Adam Groesbeck earned ABCA All-Midwest Region.  Haslam also earned All-MW First Team honors.

In Gillman’s first year he guided the Falcon offense to a conference-leading 75 stolen bases, after finishing last in the conference in 2014. He was part of the coaching staff that guided the Falcons to a 23-29 record, its winningest season since 2002. Air Force also set a school record with 22 wins against Div. I opponents. 

In 2015, Gillman also helped guide Travis Wilkie to a solid freshman campaign. Wilkie ranked amongst the conference top 10 in chances and putouts and was second with 29 runners caught stealing. The 2015 team set school records with a .966 fielding percentage and 678 assists. 

Gillman comes to the Academy from the University of Dayton where he was an assistant coach in 2014. 

A 2012 graduate of Dayton, Gillman was second-team all-conference in both of his two seasons with the Flyers, leading the team to their first conference tournament championship and NCAA Regional appearance in school history. Gillman is the Dayton season record holder in hits (91) and ranks amongst the top five for single season RBIs, doubles and stolen bases. He graduated with a degree in Leadership. 

Upon graduation, Gillman played two years of professional baseball with stints in the Colorado Rockies minor league system and the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League. 

A native of Littleton, Colo., Gillman played high school baseball under the guidance of his father, Chuck Gillman, the head baseball coach at Columbine High School. 

Gillman and his wife, Jess, reside in Castle Rock, with their son, Brooks.


Ryan Forrest | Pitching

Ryan Forrest enters his first season as pitching coach for Air Force baseball in 2018.  A native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Forrest comes to the Academy from Mississippi College.

Forrest spent one season at Mississippi College.  As the assistant coach, he assisted in leading the Choctaws to their first postseason action since 2012 and its first GSC Tournament berth since 1996.

Forrest spent the previous three seasons at NCAA Div. II powerhouse Millersville University.  In his final season at Millersville, Forrest was instrumental in helping lead the Marauders to the 2016 NCAA Division II runner-up finish and a 53-7 record. MU finished the season ranked fifth nationally with a 2.99 ERA.
 
Forrest joined the Millersville baseball staff as a recruiting coordinator and pitching coach in 2014. During his three seasons, MU compiled a 3.04 ERA and coached three pitchers that were drafted. Brandon Miller was selected in the sixth round of the 2016 draft by the Seattle Mariners while Reid Anderson was taken in the 17th round by the Texas Rangers. Jim McDade signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Padres. Chris Murphy was taken in the 24th round by the Houston Astros.
 
MU was also a three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference regular season champion, a conference tournament champion and made the NCAA Atlantic Regional three straight years, finishing runner-up in 2014 and 2015 before claiming the crown in 2016. The Black and Gold compiled a 137-34 record and 68-16 in the PSAC during his three seasons.
 
Prior to his time at Millersville, the former University of Maine pitcher returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach, where is he was responsible for working with infielders and outfielders, coaching first base, game and practice plans, scouting reports on upcoming opponents and was the director of camps and clinics. In 2009, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in with a minor in English from Maine.
 
Forrest played for Maine from 2007-09, where he saw action in 31 career games as a relief pitcher. He finished with a 3-2 record with one save. Forrest totaled 39 strikeouts in 40.2 innings of work. He started his collegiate career at Creighton University in 2006.
 
During the summer months of his collegiate career, Forrest pitched for the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod Baseball League and the Danbury Westerners of the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
 
Before returning to the Black Bears, Forrest worked in the video and advanced scouting department for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Forrest was responsible for assisting with and prepping advanced scouting reports and video for the coaching staff and players.
 
Forrest compiled a 5-0 record with four saves as a senior at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo., where he was a four-year letterwinner. He was the winning pitcher of the 5A state semifinal game.
 
He earned a master's degree in sport management from West Virginia University 2013.


Jimmy Roesinger | Infield and Baserunning

Jimmy Roesinger enters his third season as volunteer assistant for the baseball program at Air Force in 2018. Roesinger’s responsibilities include working with the infielders as well as helping assistant coach CJ Gillman with the Falcons offense, base running and hitting. 
 
The 2017 season had many highlights for Air Force.  The Falcons posted a 27-26 season, marking back-to-back seasons over .500 for the first time since 1994-95.  Air Force also produced two All-Americans in seniors Adam Groesbeck (3rd team OF) and Bradley Haslam (3rd team 3B), an Academic All-American in senior OF Russell Williams and a MLB Draft Pick in Groesbeck (38th round - Atlanta Braves).  Air Force produced four all-conference players, including two first team.  The Falcons had a banner year offensively, leading the nation in six offensive categories, including batting average (.344), doubles (153) and slugging (.545).
 
The 2016 season was a banner year for the Falcon offense.  Air Force led the Mountain West with a .325 team batting average, ranking third in the nation.  The Falcons also ranked second in the nation in doubles per game with 2.47.  Roesinger was part of the staff that guided the Mountain West's top hitter in junior 3B/DH, Bradley Haslam, who led the conference with a .408 batting average and set the school record with 95 base hits.
 
Offensively, Air Force produced a number of award winners in 2016.  Junior OF Tyler Jones, who led the MW with 19 home runs and a .694 slugging percentage, earned Louisville Slugger All-American, Second Team honors.  Jones also earned All-ABCA Midwest and Mountain West First-Team honors.  Freshman 3B/DH Nic Ready earned MW co-Freshman of the Year, NCBWA Freshman All-American, First Team, Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and All-MW Second team honors.  Ready set the school freshman record with 77 hits.  In addition, Haslam and outfielder Adam Groesbeck earned ABCA All-Midwest Region.  Haslam also earned All-MW First Team honors.
 
Roesinger comes to the Academy after three and half years at Heidelberg University in northwest Ohio. While an assistant coach at Heidelberg, Roesinger received his master;s in business administration in May of 2014. Prior to Heidelberg, Roesinger attended the University of Dayton where he graduated in December of 2010 with a bachelor’s in marketing and entrepreneurship. While at Dayton, Roesinger played for the Flyers from 2008-2011. Roesinger played a vital role in the program’s first Atlantic 10 regular season championship in 2009. During this season, Roesinger was a first-team all-conference selection at third base, hitting .400 for the year.
 
Upon graduation, Roesinger received an assistant coaching position at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Illinois. Following his time at Lincoln Trail, Roesinger earned another assistant coaching position with the Wilmington Sharks in the summer 2012 in the Coastal Plains League. From there Roesinger moved on to Tiffin, Ohio as a graduate assistant at Heidelberg University. After his two years as a graduate assistant, Roesinger was promoted to full-time assistant. During his time at Heidelberg University, Roesinger helped the baseball program accumulate 84 wins, one regular season Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) title, and two regional appearances. Roesinger has had the opportunity to help coach and develop two ABCA All-Americans, six ABCA All-Region, and 20 All-OAC players in his three seasons, including the 2014 Player of the Year. Roesinger assisted in leading the Student Prince offense, which led the conference in multiple statistical categories as well as in the top 25 nationally. Roesinger served as the infield, hitting, and strength coach during his time at Heidelberg. 
 
Roesinger is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated from Cathedral High School as a two-sport athlete. As a baseball player, he was selected as an all-city selection his senior year as well as an academic all-state honoree. Roesinger’s parents, Jim and Mary, still reside in Indianapolis. Roesinger also has a sister who lives with her family in Carmel, Indiana.