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Head Coach | Mike Kazlausky
Mike Kazlausky enters his 12th year as Air Force baseball head coach in 2022. Kazlausky was named head baseball coach on June 2, 2011. 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.
In an abbreviated 2020 season, which was canceled after 19 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kazlausky still had plenty of highlights. It started with his 200th win as Air Force’s head man after a 7-3 win over rival Army West Point, Feb. 29. Kaz became just the second AF baseball coach to reach the 200 win milestone. As a team, Air Force finished the season second in the country in stolen bases, eighth in doubles, ninth in double plays, and 43rd in hits. Three players were named All-MW Conference, including senior Ashton Easley, who went on to be signed by the Miami Marlins organization. Easley is the seventh former Falcon to go on to play professional baseball under Kaz’s tutelage.
The 2019 season saw the Falcons conclude the season with a 26-26 record, as well as a 12-14 record in MW play. It is the third time in the last four seasons Air Force has finished .500 or above, as well as the fourth season in a row with 12 conference wins. Four players were named All-Conference in catcher Rob Dau on the first team, and Nic Ready, Ashton Easley, and Jake Gilbert on the second team.
With four players honored, it marked the third time in the last four seasons Air Force has had four players earn all-conference accolades, joining the 2016 and 2017 teams. It is also the fourth straight season the Falcons have had at least one player named to the first team, the first time that has happened in program history. Kaz also saw the final chapter of one of his finest recruiting classes at the Academy, as the Class of 2019 finished with 107 wins, making them the winningest senior class in Academy history. In addition, 2019 graduate Nic Ready set new program career-best marks in games played (217), at bats (917), hits (300), home runs (50), RBIs (224), and total bases (544). He also finished second in career doubles (76) and third in career runs scored (190). This parlayed Ready into a 23rd round selection in the 2019 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins. In addition, Gilbert was also signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cincinnati Reds organization.
In 2018, Kaz continued the momentum of the Air Force program, posting a 24-30 record to record the fourth 20-win season in a row. It is the first time that has happened at Air Force since recording eight straight from 1988-1995. He surpassed his mentor Paul Manieri for second on the all-time wins list at the Academy, with 171. The Falcon offense remain near the top of the national leaders in most offensive categories, ranking in the top 15 in batting average, doubles, scoring, slugging, and triples. They were also one of the most efficient fielding teams, ranking ninth in double plays and 41st in fielding percentage. He guided Nic Ready to one of the best single offensive seasons in program history, as he was named third team All-American, the 13th in program history and fifth under his leadership. In addition, he had two All-MW Conference honorees in Ready and Rob Dau, who were both also named All-Region.
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 10 in seven all-time 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.
Ryan Forrest | Pitching Coach & Recruiting Coordinator
Ryan Forrest enters his fifth season as pitching coach for Air Force baseball in 2022. A native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Forrest has taken the Falcon pitching staff to new heights despite playing in one of the most difficult home settings for pitchers in all of college baseball.
In an abbreviated 2020 season, which was canceled after 19 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Forrest and his pitchers still had plenty of highlights. His staff held a 5.43 ERA, the best for a Falcon pitching staff since his arrival. He had four pitchers with ERA’s under 4.00 (min 10 inn.), including senior reliever Josh Leaser, who had a 1.88 in 14.1 innings, which earned him All-MW Conference honors.
2019 saw a big jump for the Falcon pitching staff, as they finished with a team ERA of 5.54, marking a two-year improvement of over two runs. AF also had a 4.83 ERA in MW Conference games, which set a new program record for ERA during a conference season.
Under his guidance, senior Jake Gilbert was named second team All-Mountain West, while freshman Nathan Price was named a Freshman All-American. Forrest converted Gilbert from the team’s closer to a Friday night starter, and he posted a 2.55 ERA, the eighth-best single-season mark in program history. In the conference, Gilbert’s ERA was the third-best, while his wins were fourth-most, and his strikeouts were 10th. He also led all pitchers with four pickoffs, and was one of two pitchers to not allow a home run all season. In his seven conference starts, Gilbert held an ERA of 2.89, which was the fourth-lowest in the conference. Nationally, Gilbert’s 2.55 ERA ranked 74th. He was eventually signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cincinnati Reds organization.
As for Price, he was just the 11th Freshman All-American in program history. The righty made a team-high 22 appearances, all in relief, and pitched to a 2.59 ERA over 62.2 innings. He totaled six wins and five saves, while also racking up 32 strikeouts to just 18 walks. In the Mountain West, Price finished with the fourth-best ERA among qualifying pitchers, while his five saves were sixth-most, and six wins were tied for fourth-most. He held opponents to a .232 batting average, which ranked sixth-best in the conference, and his 18 walks allowed were the second-fewest. Nationally, Price’s ERA was ranked 68th, while his WHIP of 1.10 was 95th and his 7.32 hits allowed per nine innings was 130th. As for his numbers in a single season for a freshman, Price’s ERA was the fourth-best for a rookie in program history, while his wins were tied for third-most and his saves were the second-most. This all came in the fifth-most appearances for a freshman pitcher in program history.
In his first season as AF’s pitching coach in 2018, Forrest improved the team’s ERA from 2017 by 1.34 points (from 7.58 to 6.24). Under his tutelage, senior starting pitcher Ryan Holloway finished with a 4.20 ERA over 60 innings, including a complete game and a save. Holloway twice earned Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Week honors.
Prior to joining Kaz’s staff, 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 | Hitting and Catchers
Jimmy Roesinger enters his 7th season with the Falcons in 2022 after joining the coaching staff just prior to the 2016 season. Roesinger spent his first four seasons as the volunteer assistant coach before being promoted to assistant coach prior to the 2020 season.
Roesinger’s responsibilities include working with the catchers as well as helping with the Falcons offense, base running, hitting and recruiting efforts.
In an abbreviated 2020 season, which was canceled after 19 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Air Force still had plenty of highlights. As a team, Air Force finished the season second in the country in stolen bases, eighth in doubles, ninth in double plays, and 43rd in hits. Three players were named All-MW Conference, including junior infielder Cole Blatchford, as well as senior Ashton Easley, who went on to be signed by the Miami Marlins organization.
The 2019 season saw the Falcons conclude the season with a 26-26 record, as well as a 12-14 record in MW play. It is the third time in the last four seasons Air Force has finished .500 or above, as well as the fourth season in a row with 12 conference wins. Under Roesinger’s guidance, four players were named All-Conference in catcher Rob Dau on the first team, and Nic Ready, Ashton Easley, and Jake Gilbert on the second team.
With four players honored, it marked the third time in the last four seasons Air Force has had four players earn all-conference accolades, joining the 2016 and 2017 teams. It is also the fourth straight season the Falcons have had at least one player named to the first team, the first time that has happened in program history.
In 2018, the Air Force program continued its momentum, posting a 24-30 record to record the fourth 20-win season in a row. It is the first time that has happened at Air Force since recording eight straight from 1988-1995. The Falcon offense remain near the top of the national leaders in most offensive categories, ranking in the top 15 in batting average, doubles, scoring, slugging, and triples. They were also one of the most efficient fielding teams, ranking ninth in double plays and 41st in fielding percentage. Roesinger helped guide Nic Ready to one of the best single offensive seasons in program history, as he was named third team All-American, the 13th in program history. In addition, he coached two All-MW Conference honorees in Ready and Rob Dau, who were both also named All-Region.
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).
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 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.
Roesinger came to the Academy after three and half years at Heidelberg University in northwest Ohio. While an assistant coach at Heidelberg, Roesinger received his Masters in Business Administration in May of 2014. Prior to his degree at Heidelberg, Roesinger attended the University of Dayton, where he graduated in December of 2010 with his degree 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.
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.
Tyler Dawson | Volunteer Assistant Coach
On August 9, Air Force baseball head coach Mike Kazlausky announced the addition of Tyler Dawson to the 2023 coaching staff. Dawson replaces Marc Mumper, who accepted a player development position with the Cleveland Guardians organization.
“I am so excited to be joining the coaching staff here at the Air Force Academy,” said Dawson. “The guys here have committed to serving all of us at all costs, and getting the opportunity to serve them is one of the coolest things I may ever get to do.”
Dawson, 28, was among the youngest head coaches in the country at Cleveland Community College where he led the Yetis baseball program the past two seasons. As well as serving as head coach, Dawson also was tasked with producing the strength and conditioning objectives of both the baseball and softball programs. His duties also included the development of hitters and infielders, recruiting, scheduling, and sports information responsibilities.
“I’m so thankful for Coach Kaz, Jimmy (Roesinger), and Ryan (Forrest) for bringing me into their family and giving me the opportunity to help grow these young men through the game of baseball,” Dawson said.
At Cleveland Community College, Dawson played a large role in building the foundation of a start-up baseball program. In 2022, only the second year of the Yetis existence, Cleveland Community College finished second in the Region 10 DII Tournament, ending the spring with a 31-23 record.
Prior to his time in Shelby, N.C., Dawson was the Director of Operations for Big League Camp, a baseball and softball sports and lodging facility on Lake James, N.C. There, Dawson managed the schedule for the facility as well as teaching hitting, and speed and agility classes for high school and collegiate athletes.
Dawson worked as an assistant coach in the Coastal Plain Summer Collegiate League in the summer of 2019. With the Edenton Steamers, Dawson held the title of hitting coach while also assisting the development of the outfielders. Dawson also served as the head coach of Blacksburg (Va.) High School’s baseball program in 2019.
From 2016-17, Dawson was a member of the softball coaching staff at Virginia Tech, primarily working as the program’s strength and conditioning coach. His coaching stops include time spent with the Park City Rangers of the Kansas Collegiate League as well as Limestone University (S.C.).
Dawson graduated from Bridgewater College in 2016 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. At Bridgewater College, Dawson played both baseball and football for the Eagles. This summer, he completed his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration with an emphasis in Kinesiology at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
A native of Amherst, Va., Dawson is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist by the NSCA, as well holding certificates from USA Weightlifting and USA Baseball.