August 30, 2016

Steve O'Keefe
College Relations

For the first time since 1982, the John A. Logan College baseball team will have someone other than legendary coach Jerry Halsted occupying the third base coach’s box. For new head coach Kyle Suprenant, the walk from the first base line to the third base line is a relatively short walk, but it is also part of a long journey that has taken the 30 year old from standout player to head coach.

Growing up in the small central Illinois town of Chabanse, Suprenant knew that he not only wanted to play baseball, but also coach it as well.

“I knew ever since I was a junior in high school that I wanted to coach, so having the opportunity is a dream come true,” said Suprenant. “When I played in College, everyone knew about the great program that Coach Halstead had at JALC, and now to have had the opportunity to learn from him and now succeed him is just unbelievable.”

After a standout career at Central High School, Suprenant played two years at Kankakee Community College before finishing his career at Western Illinois University. After a season with the Washington Wild Things, he hung up his cleats and turned his focus to coaching. After two years at Kankakee College he enrolled in graduate school at SIU, and volunteered at JALC for two seasons before becoming a full-time assistant and academic advisor in 2012.

The recently retired Jerry Halstead is pleased that the powerhouse program that he built is now in the hands of his trusted assistant.

“This is a great opportunity for Kyle to continue the storied tradition of John A. Logan College baseball,” said Halstead. “He has paid his dues and has earned the right to be a head coach and I wish him nothing but the best.”

JALC President Dr. Ron House agrees with Halstead that Suprenant has earned the opportunity.

“With Kyle, we knew what we were getting. He has been here a long time and has been very successful working under a good coach,” said House. “He has picked right up and hit the ground running moving the program forward and we are very pleased to have him.”

The Volunteers will begin their fall scrimmage schedule at home on Thursday, September 1 at 2 PM against Shawnee.