Smallcomb was the head coach at the University of Northern Colorado for eight years from 2003-10 and the head coach at Mendocino College in California for 10 seasons from 1993-2002. He will work primarily with YSU’s hitters and infielders and assist with the program’s fundraising efforts.
“Kevin is a career baseball guy who has worked at every level of college baseball,” Penguins first-year head coach Steve Gillispie said. “He has shown that he can teach the game and recruit players who can compete at a very high level. His head coaching experience will be invaluable to draw from.”
As the head coach at UNC, Smallcomb recorded 195 victories and led the Bears to wins over five top-five-ranked teams. Those victories included a 2008 win over #1 Arizona State and a 2006 win over #2 Nebraska. Northern Colorado competed as an independent through the 2009 season as it transitioned to Division I, and Smallcomb led the Bears to the Great West Conference title game in 2010. The Bears won 56 games combined in the three years prior to his arrival, and they won 85 games in the first three years under him.
Prior to his tenure at UNC, Smallcomb posted a 250-147 record at Mendocino College in California. He was the Bay Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 1996 and led the Eagles to the California Community College Playoffs three times. He was inducted into Mendocino College’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010. Smallcomb also coached for two years as a graduate assistant at the University of Arkansas.
Smallcomb got his coaching start as an assistant at American River College in Sacramento, Calif. He also coached the Anchorage Glacier Pilots to three league championships in five years in the Alaska Summer Collegiate Baseball League.
Smallcomb earned his bachelor’s degree in social science with minors in coaching and history from California State University, Sacramento, in 1985. He went on to earn his master’s degree in sport management from Arkansas in 1989.