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Kowalchuk named volunteer assistant
Arkansas pitcher Christian Kowalchuk (35) tosses the ball to first after slipping while scooping up a bunt against Oklahoma on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at Baum Stadium.
FAYETTEVILLE Former Arkansas pitcher Christian Kowalchuk has been named the Razorbacks' volunteer assistant coach.
Kowalchuk played at Arkansas in 2009 and 2010, and has been a graduate assistant coach the last two seasons. Kowalchuk will work with the Razorbacks' pitchers and outfielders.
“Christian has seen every aspect of our program and knows our style and what we expect of the players,” Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said in a statement. “He has experience playing in key games and was a big contributor and leader when we went to the College World Series in 2009. Our players really look up to him and he has a bright future as a coach.”
Kowalchuk replaces Brad Flanders as the program's volunteer coach. Flanders, who worked with the team's catchers, was hired as an assistant coach at Abilene Christian last month.