Kaline has been with the program since 2016

ROCHESTER, Mich. — Oakland University Athletics has announced head baseball coach Colin Kaline has resigned effective immediately due to health reasons.  

“I am very grateful for the time I have spent at Oakland University. The student-athletes have always been my number one priority and at this time I cannot give them the time and attention they need and deserve,” Kaline said. “With this in mind I have decided to resign from my position to focus on my health amongst the love and support of my family.”

Kaline was announced as the head coach for the Oakland baseball program in June 2019 after spending three seasons as the co-head coach.

“I respect Colin’s decision to step down as head baseball coach and appreciate his service and contributions to the baseball program the last four seasons,” said Director of Athletics Steve Waterfield. “Colin and his family will always be a part of the Golden Grizzlies Athletics family and I wish him well as he focuses on his health.” 

Under Kaline’s leadership, Oakland went on to make history by winning its first-ever Horizon League Tournament game in 2017. The Golden Grizzlies tallied two wins during the tournament, marking the second time in the Division I era Oakland has won multiple conference tournament games, and the first time since 2000.

During his tenure over the past three seasons, 13 student-athletes have earned Horizon League All-Academic Team honors along with two All-Horizon League First Team, four Second Team and four All-Freshman Team selections. Additionally, Zach Sterry (2017) and Jake Lee (2018) were selected in the MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels respectively.

“The immediate priority is continuing to support the baseball student-athletes, acting head coach Justin Karn and the rest of the baseball coaching staff this season,” Waterfield said. “This spring we will conduct a national search, and I look forward to working with the new head coach to continue the baseball program’s upward trajectory.”