Rock Valley College
Rockford, Illinois

Meet the Coaches

Head Coach: Kevin Vest

Kevin VestKevin Vest was appointed in August of 2010 to lead the baseball program at Rock Valley College.  Vest accepted the position following a two year stint as an assistant coach at Springfield College of Illinois in Springfield, Illinois.  At SCI, Vest was primarily responsible for working with the Bulldog infielders and assisting with hitters under the direction of head coach Steve Torricelli.   

A Galesburg, Illinois native, Vest was a four year letter-winner and All-Midwest Conference performer as a catcher at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois.   Following his playing career, he spent two years as an assistant coach at his alma mater assisting head coach Ed Puck.  Vest was responsible for coaching hitters and catchers during his two seasons on the Blueboys’ staff.   

Following his tenure at Illinois College, Vest maintained the post of assistant baseball coach and sports information director at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.  Serving under head coach Jami Isaacson at Knox College, Vest assisted with catchers and team defense while helping lead the Prairie Fire to the Midwest Conference tournament.  Vest held that position until the summer of 2002 when he was named head baseball coach and sports information director at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, a position he held for four seasons prior to joining the Springfield College staff.  

In addition to his experience in collegiate baseball, Vest has coaching experience in the ranks of professional baseball as well.  After assisting the Rockford Riverhawks of the Frontier League during spring training in 2011, Vest joined their staff as bench coach to manager Rich Austin for the 2012 season. Vest currently serves as an associate scout for the Philadelphia Phillies.

In addition to his coaching stops, Vest is also active as a camp instructor for a number of organizations throughout the country and is a member of several coaching associations.  The Rock Valley College skipper has served as a camp instructor at places such as the University of Illinois, Mississippi State University, Springfield College of Illinois, Mickey Owen Baseball School, and Coast to Coast Baseball.  He is also a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association. 

“I am honored to be the head baseball coach at Rock Valley College and to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading the program to new heights,” said Vest.  “The success of our program will be evident by our significant achievements not only on the playing field, but in the classroom and community as well.” 

Vest earned a bachelor of arts in physical education from Illinois College and also holds a Master of Arts in organizational leadership from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa.  Kevin and his wife, Alicia, are the proud parents of their six-year old daughter, Macey Kay.  

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