Kevin Kasper has resigned as baseball coach at Vanguard University,
effective at the end of the season, athletic director Bob Wilson said
The move surprised Vanguard’s athletic program, as Kasper’s
resignation was made with 16 games left in the regular season. In
addition, Kasper, a former player at Vanguard, is in ninth season of
“We were all caught off guard,” Wilson said. “This was all
[Kasper’s] doing. We didn’t know about it. I think he had been
pondering it for awhile. I think this was the best time to see what’s
out there for him. Kevin felt that it was important that the team
knew what his intentions were now as opposed to the end of the
The Vanguard baseball team is 7-19, 1-10 in the Golden State
Athletic Conference. The Lions have lost three in a row and seven of
their last eight.
“I don’t think it had anything to do with the season,” Wilson
said. “He played pro ball and he feels like what he wants to do is
get to coach at a different level. He didn’t say specifically. We
talked about the pros and cons [of resigning] and I think he wants to
learn what’s it like to coach from a different perspective. Maybe go
on [an NCAA] Division I program as an assistant and work his way up.
He’s still a young guy. This was a good time to explore that and see
if there are opportunities for him.”
Kasper was not available for comment. Calls to his home Tuesday
were not returned.
“I believe it is time for me to take a new direction in my
professional career and pursue other coaching opportunities,” Kasper
said in a press release distributed by Vanguard.
Kasper played four years as shortstop at Vanguard, formerly
Southern California College. He was an All-GSAC performer as a senior
in 1989. Following a five-year minor league baseball career, he
started coaching at the high school level. He became Vanguard’s head
coach in 1996. He has compiled a record of 183-232-1, which has
included a Region II championship in 2002 and three playoff
“Not having Kevin Kasper as our baseball coach will be different,”
A search will begin immediately to fill the coaching position at
Vanguard, which also includes teaching duties within the exercise
sports science program.