Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach, Rhode Island (2017-present)
Undergrad Assistant Coach, Connecticut (2012-13)
2016 - Team Philippines
2016 - New Britain Bees (Atlantic League)
2016 - Long Island Ducks (Atlantic League)
2015 - Reno Aces (Triple-A)
2015 - Mobile Bay Bears (Double-A)
2015 - Visalia Rawhide (Single-A Advanced)
2013-14 - Birmingham Barons (Double-A)
2012 - Winston-Salem Dash (Single-A Advanced)
2012 - Kannapolis Intimidators (Single-A)
2011 - Great Falls Voyagers (Advanced Rookie)
2009-11 - Connecticut Huskies (NCAA)
Kevin Vance enters his second season at Rhode Island in 2017-18. He joined head coach Raphael Cerrato’s staff as a volunteer assistant coach in 2016-17 and was elevated to full-time assistant after his first year of working with the Rhody pitchers.
A native of Solana Beach, Calif., Vance comes to Rhody following a six-year playing career in minor league baseball. Selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 19th round of the 2011 MLB Draft, he ascended as high as Double-A in the White Sox organization, playing for the Birmingham Barons in both 2013 and 2014. The following year, he signed a free-agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and made his Triple-A debut for the Reno Aces later in 2015.
Vance also has international playing experience as he represented the Philippines in February of 2016 when the club traveled to Sydney, Australia for the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament. Additionally, he is fluent in Spanish and served as a translator for numerous Latin American teammates throughout his playing career.
A former pitcher for the University of Connecticut, Vance earned All-America accolades as a closer his junior year (2011). He also helped lead the Huskies to the Big East championship title that year, sparking a postseason run that took the Huskies to the NCAA Super Regionals after advancing out of the Clemson Regional.
Vance also has the rare distinction of being named a Big East All-Conference performer as both a pitcher (2011) and designated hitter (2010).
He got his start in coaching as an undergraduate assistant coach/intern with the UConn baseball team during the 2012-13 offseason. In that role, he handled administrative duties including camps, compliance, team travel and alumni event planning, in addition to assisting with recruiting visits and pitching/hitting instruction.
A Dean's List student-athlete at UConn, he completed his undergraduate degree in Coaching & Sport Administration in December of 2012, and went on to earn a Master's in Sports Leadership from Northeastern in May of 2016.