Coach Kahovec serves as the interim head coach of the Holy Cross baseball team in 2020. Kahovec is in his fourth year as a member of the Crusaders’ coaching staff, previously serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
Holy Cross has qualified for the Patriot League Tournament during each of Kahovec's three seasons on the coaching staff, earning a Patriot League title and NCAA Tournament berth in 2017. While at Holy Cross, he has coached seven players that signed professional contracts, including a pair of MLB draft picks.
In 2019, Holy Cross finished with a 15-10 record in league play – its most wins in conference play since 2013 – and earned the second seed for the Patriot League Tournament. The Crusaders saw four All-Patriot League selections in first teamers Evan Blum, Declan Cronin and Liam Dvorak and second teamer Austin Masel.
Holy Cross opened the 2018 season in an impressive fashion, defeating national No. 24 Houston, 3-2. The Crusaders went on earn a spot in the Patriot League tournament behind All-Patriot League selections Danny Barlok, Austin Masel and Chris Rinaldi.
In his first year with the Crusaders in 2017, Kahovec helped guide the team to its first Patriot League Championship and the team's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1978. The team went 4-0 in the conference tournament with series sweeps of Army West Point and Bucknell en route to the conference crown. Competing in the Corvallis, Ore. Regional at Oregon State, they earned their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1978 by defeating No. 25 Nebraska in their second game of the regional by a score of 7-4, eliminating the Huskers from the postseason. Four Crusaders were named to All-Patriot League teams in Austin Masel, Anthony Critelli, George Capen and Thomas Russo; Masel was named the Patriot League's Rookie of the Year and earned Freshman All-American honors from Collegiate Baseball. Critelli additionally earned the 2017 Senior CLASS Award.
Kahovec joined Holy Cross after four seasons as head baseball coach and an assistant athletics director at Bard. He became the first head coach of the baseball program at Bard in the summer of 2012, helping build the team to compete in the Liberty League after not competing at the varsity level since 1937.
Before heading to Bard, Kahovec spent four years as an assistant coach at Rochester. In his time with the Yellowjackets, he served as a recruiting coordinator, hitting coach, third base coach and infield coach. He assisted in leading Rochester to two UAA Championships, two regular season Liberty League titles, three conference tournament appearances, a program-record 30 wins, a No. 7 national ranking and a Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year award. Kahovec also helped develop one UAA and Liberty League Player of the Year, one UAA Rookie of the Year and 11 different all-region and conference selections.
Kahovec played four seasons at Rochester from 2005 to 2008. His collegiate accolades include three All-Liberty League selections, two All-UAA awards and one all-region award. In his senior season, he helped lead the Yellowjackets to a regular season Liberty League title while batting .372. Kahovec also played professionally in the German National Baseball League for the Erbach Grasshoppers, where he was named team MVP in 2008. He also ranked in the top 10 in the league for batting average, on-base percentage assists and fielding percentage.
Kahovec received his bachelor’s degree in political science and English in 2008 and a master’s degree in educational psychology from Missouri in 2019.
George Capen enters his third season as a member of Holy Cross baseball coaching staff and his first season as recruiting coordinator and assistant in 2019-2020. He will serve as a pitching coach for the Crusaders following two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach and a successful four-year career at Holy Cross.
As a volunteer in 2019, Capen helped guide the Crusader staff to new heights, including developing All-Patriot League first team selections Declan Cronin and Liam Dvorak – the first time in program history that Holy Cross has had two starting pitchers named All-Patriot League first team. The Crusaders ranked second in the Patriot League in conference ERA (3.74) and were the only team to have three different pitchers earn Patriot League Pitcher of the Week honors (Cronin, Dvorak and Pat McGowan). With 383 strikeouts, the team tallied the second-most strikeouts in program history, including 83 from Dvorak, the most by a pitcher in a single season since 1925. Following the season, Cronin was selected in the 36 th round of the 2019 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox.
During his playing career, Capen was a standout reliever for Holy Cross for four seasons, finishing his career with the most pitching appearances in school history with 99. He also ranks seventh all-time in career saves with five and held a career record of 14-5 on the mound – the most wins by a relief pitcher in program history – including a 7-1 record during his senior year. In 2017, Capen earned wins in the final game of the Patriot League Championship and the Crusaders’ win over No. 25 Nebraska in the NCAA Tournament, and also made an appearance in the first game of the NCAA Tournament against No. 1 Oregon State.
Capen was an All-Patriot League selection and earned the team’s Perry Conlon Award as Holy Cross’ Most Outstanding Pitcher in 2017. Over the course of his career, Capen posted a 3.98 ERA in 167.1 innings pitched, including a 3.15 ERA in 2016.
Upon graduation, Capen signed a professional contract with the Seattle Mariners in 2017. He played with the team's Arizona League affiliate in Peoria in his first pro season. After spending 2018 Spring Training with the Mariners, Capen had a brief stint with the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League before returning to The Hill to join the Holy Cross baseball coaching staff.
In summer league play, Capen spent two seasons with the Ocean State Waves, posting a 2.53 ERA in 2015 and 2.08 ERA in 2016. He was named the first-ever captain for the Waves in 2016 and would go on to set an organization record with 33 career pitching appearances. Following his successful stint Ocean State in 2016, he joined the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League for the remainder of the summer, not allowing any earned runs in 8.1 innings. He returned to Ocean State as an assistant and pitching coach in the summer of 2017.
During his senior year at Holy Cross, Capen also played one varsity season of soccer as a goalkeeper for the Crusaders. He received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Holy Cross in 2017.