Four new coaches are joining the Grace University team in 2015: Kim Karabatsos, head baseball coach; Paul Osborne, head men’s soccer coach; Kathleen Brown, Ph.D., inaugural head softball coach; and Rich Locke, head women’s soccer coach.
Coach Karabatsos completed the 2015 GU baseball season as head coach and is honored to be named director of athletic advancement. Previously, he served as an assistant baseball coach at Grace University, assistant varsity baseball coach at Leland High School in San Jose, Calif., and as summer coach of the USA Baseball Northern California teams. He received recognition from the American Baseball Coaches Association in 2015 for 25 years of coaching baseball. Coach Karabatsos’s father is from Fairbury, Neb., and his mother is from Geneva, Neb.
Coach Osborne has been part of the Grace University men’s soccer program since 2002, serving as an assistant coach for six years. Osborne also played soccer as a Grace University Royal, starting every match during his 2002 freshman season and helped Grace win its first-ever NCCAA Regional Championship and reach its first NCCAA National Tournament.
Coach Brown will lead the inaugural season of Grace Royal softball. She played four years of intercollegiate softball at Peru State College while earning her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics with endorsements in secondary education and coaching. As an assistant softball coach, she earned her Master of Science in education at Peru State in 2008. She then went on to get her Doctorate of Education in sports management with an emphasis in sports leadership from the United State Sports Academy (Alabama) in 2012.
Coach Brown will also serve as assistant athletic director at Grace University. She was assistant athletic director/senior women’s administrator (SWA) and director of marketing and promotions for the University of Minnesota Crookston in 2014-15. Coach Brown taught sports law and facilitated the coaching practicum classes for the sports management program at UMC in 2014-15. She will teach courses in Grace University’s new sports management concentration.
Coach Locke has more than 30 years of playing and coaching experience. He played competitive soccer in high school and continued his playing career at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. He has coached the under-19 boys’ and girls’ teams and also coached the women’s club soccer team at the U.S. Naval Academy for two seasons. Locke served 20 years in the United States Navy as a naval submarine officer before retiring in 2000. Most recently, he worked for the United States Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base before retiring in July, 2015.
“With the addition of these four new coaches to our Royal family, I believe we are well equipped to develop each of our student-athletes in their respective programs with their spiritual growth, academic excellence and athletic achievement,” said Willie Williams, athletic director at Grace University. “I am very excited to see the contribution that our athletic department and its staff will have in our Grace University community.”
Grace University, located in Omaha, Neb., is an accredited, private Christian university offering 20 academic programs with 40 diverse areas of study for undergraduate, graduate and adult degree completion students including education, business, psychology, music, communication studies, nursing and Christian ministries. The university’s mission is to develop servant leaders for the home, the church and the world through excellence in biblically integrated education.