Cowboy Baseball Adds Staff Members

STILLWATER – Oklahoma State head coach Josh Holliday has filled three positions on the Cowboy baseball staff.

OSU has added Colton Lovelace to the newly created post of Director of Video and Analytics, while Blake Kangas has joined the staff as the Player Development Coordinator. Jack Montgomery will fill the role of graduate assistant and will assist in analytics, video and strategy, as well as special projects and player development.

Lovelace joins Holliday’s staff after spending the last two years as a graduate assistant while completing his master’s degree in leisure studies at OSU in the spring of 2022.

Among his many duties, Lovelace is responsible for video operations, scouting reports and operating the team’s technology systems.

“Colton provides us with the most modern day-to-day film and analytical data to develop our current players,” Holliday said. “With instant access to all practice and scrimmage results, we can go to work on adjustments and speed up the learning process for our players with better visual learning opportunities as well as the data that reveals our strengths and weaknesses so we can capitalize on them and grow as a result.”

Lovelace, who served as a data and video intern with USA Baseball in 2020 and 2021 with a focus on scouting and player development, began his career in college baseball as the head student equipment manager at Kansas, where he served in that role from August 2016 until graduating with a sports management degree from KU in 2020.

Kangas comes to OSU with a wealth of coaching experience across the Division I, JUCO and NAIA levels. He spent the last five seasons as an assistant coach at Keizer University in West Palm Beach, Fla., which came on the heels of a four-year stint as a volunteer assistant coach at Kansas State. He has also worked as a Major League Baseball associate scout and served as an assistant at his alma mater, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Feather River College.

“Blake provides great experience having worked in the college game at various levels, and he brings a broad set of contacts and experiences to the program,” Holliday said. “He will work on a daily basis on important administrative tasks that help develop the players, as well as assist in on-campus recruiting efforts and camps. We look forward to his impact in many areas across the program.”

While at Keizer, Kangas coached six All-Americans on teams that set numerous school records and advanced to the 2021 NAIA World Series. At Kansas State, he was part of the coaching staff for the Wildcats’ 2013 Big 12 championship and NCAA Super Regional team.

Kangas played collegiately at Madison College and Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he graduated in 2007 before beginning his coaching career there.

Montgomery graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in sports management in 2022.

A former Major League Baseball Draft pick of Seattle in 2018, Montgomery served as a baseball operations intern with the Los Angeles Angels earlier this year with a focus on analyzing draft prospects, and he was a general manager intern and MLB scout liaison with the Cape Cod League’s Chatham Anglers from 2019-21.

“Jack brings unique experience to our staff having worked with the (Los Angeles) Angels this past summer in their scouting department,” Holliday said. “His background in baseball and his education in sports management provides a broad skill set that will be put to use in many ways.

“Along with Colton, Jack will help us prepare for games, provide evaluation tools to grade our own performance and keep us on the cutting edge of all the new baseball technology that is so important to today’s game.”

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