Calvain Culberson begins in his fourth season as head coach for the Armstrong State University baseball program in 2016-17. Culberson succeeded long-time head coach Joe Roberts on an interim basis in May 2013, then had the interim tag lifted in January 2014.
Armstrong State finished the 2015 season with a 34-14 overall record and a 17-9 Peach Belt Conference record, advancing to the PBC Tournament Championship game. The Pirates ended the season ranked No. 26 in the Collegiate Baseball Top 30 Coaches' Poll and featured a pair of first-team All-Peach Belt players in pitchers Tyler Graham and Pete Nagel.
The Pirates finished with a 28-20 overall record in Culberson's first season in 2014 and advanced to the Peach Belt Conference Tournament semifinals. Senior hurler Ethan Bader was named the 2014 Peach Belt Conference's Pitcher of the Year during the season.
As an assistant coach for the Pirates from 1995-2013, Culberson worked with the outfielders and pitchers while assisting with baserunning and hitting instruction. In his Armstrong coaching career, Culberson instructed several players who have, like him,enjoyed professional success. Righthander Adam Bernero, who Culberson coached during the 1999 season, reached the majorleagues in just 15 months, becoming Armstrong’s first major league player. Another Culberson pupil, Doug Sessions, was a AAA All-Star for the New Orleans Zephyrs in 2003 while pitching in the Houston organization while Jeremy Horst ascended to the majors during the summer of 2011 with the Cincinnati Reds and currently pitches for the Milwaukee Brewers organization.
Culberson finished his pro career in 1995 at Pawtucket, a triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. He had joined the Red Sox organization as a free agent after having pitched at Double-A Chattanooga and Triple A Indianapolis in the Cincinnati Reds farm chain. Calvain began his pro career in 1989 inthe Atlanta Braves farm system, hitting .313 in his first season, then continuing as a pitcher.
During Culberson’s Armstrong career, the Pirates posted anoverall 181-66 (.733) record, with Calvain hitting in the leadoff spot his final three years. The Rome, Georgia native holds seven school records with the most notable being his 32-gamehittingstreak (1988) and his 128 career stolen bases.
Calvain was an all-Big South Conference selection in 1986 and 1987 when Armstrong was playing NCAA I baseball. In his last season with the Pirates he was an Armstrong co-captain and was chosen as a member of the all-South Atlantic Region team and an honorablemention DII All-American. Culberson was inducted into the Armstrong Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.
Calvain is married to the former Pamela Johnson of Port Wentworth, an Armstrong graduate, who works as a System Analyst II for Armstrong. The couple have an 18-year old son, Matthew, and a 14-year old son, Brandon.