|Title:||Interim Head Baseball Coach|
Calvain Culberson recently completed his 18th season as a full-time assistant coach at Armstrong Atlantic State University, after completing an eight-year professional baseball career. A former four-year standout for the Pirates from 1985-88, Culberson will serve as the interim head baseball coach for Armstrong baseball for the 2013-14 season following the retirement of head coach Joe Roberts.
As an assistant coach for the Pirates since 1995, Culberson's coaching role at Armstrong included working with the outfielders and pitchers, and assisting with baserunning and hitting instruction. While working with Armstrong’s pitchers, Culberson instructed several players who have, like him, enjoyed professional success. Righthander Adam Bernero, who Culberson coached during the 1999 season, reached the major leagues 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 Major Leagues during the summer of 2011 with the Cincinnati Reds and currently pitches for the Philadelphia Phillies.
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 in the Atlanta Braves farm system, hitting .313 in his first season, then continuing as a pitcher.
During Culberson’s Armstrong career, the Pirates posted an overall 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-game hitting streak (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 honorable mention DII All-American. Culberson was inducted into the Armstrong Athletics 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 16-year old son, Matthew, and an 11-year old son, Brandon.