On June 16, 2020, Damian Stambersky was announced as the new Head Baseball Coach at CSU-Pueblo. Stambersky becomes the seventh Head Coach in program history and just the second since the program restart.
Before joining the Pack, Stambersky served as the Assistant Coach at the University of Central Missouri. In his six seasons as the Pitching Coach, the Mules posted an incredible 210-91 record and a .700 winning percentage.
During Stambersky’s time as Assistant Coach, the Mules advanced to two NCAA Division-II College World Series appearances (2016, 2019). Stambersky’s Mules placed third in the 2019 NCAA D-II Tournament. His coaching helped the Mules advance to the NCAA Regionals in 2016, 2018 and 2019.
Stambersky’s tenure saw the Mules capture the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association Regular Season Championship in 2016 and 2019. The Mules also won the MIAA Tournament Championship in 2016, 2018, and 2019.
In his final campaign in Warrensburg, Stambersky’s Mules were ranked No. 2 with a 20-3 record, before the season was canceled due to COVID 19. Stambersky’s pitchers Jordan Fowler and Jonathan Sprinkle were signed by the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros in 2020 respectively. He has now placed six pitchers with MLB teams following their time with the Mules.
Stambersky’s pitching staff has ranked in the top two in the MIAA in ERA during all six of his seasons at Central Missouri. Stambersky’s Mules finished their dominant 2019 campaign with a 46-16 record and a 3.86 ERA. They also rang up a MIAA-best 562 batters, while holding opponents to a .227 batting average. In the 2019 postseason, Mule pitchers posted a 2.70 ERA on the way to third place in D-II.
In 2018, the Mules advanced to the Regional Finals with a 39-17 record. They also won the MIAA Tournament. Stambersky’s staff led the MIAA with a 4.20 ERA. They also topped the MIAA in WHIP and hits allowed per nine innings.
A year earlier, Stambersky’s staff ranked second in the MIAA with a 4.07 ERA. They ranked in the top 100 nationally in ERA.
Stambersky’s pitchers shut down opposing offenses in 2016 with a 3.74 ERA. This ERA led the MIAA and stood almost an entire run better than the second-best pitching team. Stambersky’s Mules produced nine shutouts on their way to a NCAA D-II World Series appearance.
Four of Stambersky’s pitchers from the 2016 season would earn contracts from MLB teams. Grant Gavin was drafted in the 29th round by the Kansas City Royals. Lucas Williams was drafted by the Astros in the 40th round. Ethan Westphal would sign with the Colorado Rockies, while Tyler House inked a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Stambersky arrived in Warrensburg in 2015. He immediately made an impact as the Mules ranked second in the MIAA with a 4.26 ERA and 367 strikeouts in his debut season in Central Missouri.
During his time with the Mules, Stambersky coached 17 pitchers to All-MIAA honors.
Some of his primary duties as top assistant coach were to coordinate and implement all recruiting efforts. He was responsible for all advanced scouting and defensive game planning and ran all prospect and youth baseball camps. As the pitching coach, he designed individual pitching development plans, managed pitching staff usage and created individual strength and conditioning plans for the pitchers.
Before journeying to Central Missouri, Stambersky spent 11 seasons coaching at Kansas City Kansas Community College. He spent 11 seasons as an Assistant Coach with Blue Devils.
In his time with the Blue Devils he served as Assistant Coach and recruiting coordinator. He helped nine players advance to NCAA D-I opportunities. Stambersky also coached four players who would play professionally.
Stambersky coached four seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, the University of Arkansas Little Rock. The Trojans totaled 109 wins during Stambersky’s four seasons in Arkansas’ state capital. He helped the Trojans win a program-record 33 games in 2000.
Stambersky began his college career at KCKCC. In his second season at KCKCC, he caught all but 14 innings for the Blue Devils. He earned First Team All-Jayhawk Conference honors behind the plate as a sophomore.
He moved on to UALR where he was a two-year starter and team captain as a catcher for the Trojans. Stambersky was voted Honorable Mention All-Sun Belt Conference as a senior.
Stambersky earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship at University of Arkansas Little Rock in 2000. He obtained his masters degree in Exercise Science in 2007 from California University of Pennsylvania.
Stambersky and his wife Valerie have a son Taylor and a daughter Tyler Rose.