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Kolcun set to take over the Gallaudet softball program as head coach

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University Athletics Department is proud to announce Joseph Kolcun has been selected as the new softball head coach as announced by Director of Athletics Michael Weinstock. Kolcun will still oversee the Intramurals Program in addition to running the softball program.

"Joseph will raise the bar for the GU softball program," said Weinstock. "As a full-time coach he will give the proper attention and time devoted to this team, which they deserve."

Kolcun, 32, has worked at Gallaudet for five years where he has held the position of Intramurals and Summer Sport Camps Coordinator for the past three years. He has also helped with game management of Bison home games over the years. In 2008, he served as an assistant coach with the Gallaudet baseball program where he worked with the catchers.

"This is a great opportunity for me at Gallaudet University to join the coaching ranks. This has been one of my career goals to lead a sports program as the head coach," said Kolcun. "I would like to thank Mr. Weinstock for this opportunity and I look forward to working with all coaches here."

Kolcun takes over for interim head coach Kitty Bottoms who led the 2010 team to a 3-23 record. The Bison won two of their final four games last season. Bottoms coached one year after serving four years as an assistant under longtime head coach Sarah Doleac.

"Our goal in 2011 is a winning record. We need to be more competitive on the field while still having fun as a team," said Kolcun. "We have a strong softball tradition here at Gallaudet and we want to continue adding to that. I am dedicated to improving this program in all facets of the game from hitting to fielding to pitching. Our goal is to get Gallaudet softball back on the map regionally and hopefully nationally."

Kolcun graduated from Gallaudet in 2002 with a degree in therapeutic recreation. Three years later, he received his master's degree in leisure service administration. While at Gallaudet he played baseball for three years for the Bison. The Hazelton, Pa., native attended the Scranton State School for the Deaf in Scranton, Pa., for high school.

Kolcun currently resides in Washington, D.C.