About Ken Bolek
IMG Academy baseball program Director Ken Bolek previously coached for 13 years at every level of professional baseball including the Major Leagues (Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs), as well as at the NCAA Division I level.
Bolek has spent the past 15 years developing a program that provides amateur athletes with a professional training environment, and professionals with a place to call home in the off-season. Designed to help every player realize his full potential, both on and off the field, the Academy is home to players from more than 26 states and 11 foreign countries, nearly 100% of whom attend college upon graduation. Bolek’s staff consists of coaches who have taught at every level of the game including the Major Leagues, and who are dedicated to a long-term athletic development program that can bring students to elite status.
The IMG Academy baseball program has a true international flavor and over the years Bolek and his staff have worked with notable first-round picks Aaron Sele, Nomar Garciaparra, Gary Sheffield, Adam Dunn, Vernon Wells, Ben Sheets, Pat Burrell, Josh Hamilton, Mike Cuddyer, Chris Perez, Mark Teahan, and Freddy Bynum. Other notable MLB players include Jamie Moyer, Mark Buehrle, Felix Pie, Ryan Zimmerman, J.R. Murphy, Carlos Quentin and Joey Votto.
- BS in Business Administration from the University of Arizona ‘76
- BS in Health and Physical Education from Mississippi State University ‘81
- President’s Scholar ‘81
- Cuyahoga Community College - Coach (1979-80) Ohio Junior College Champions
- Mississippi State University - Graduate Assistant (1981) NCAA D1 College World Series
- Houston Astros - Minor League Coach (1982-85) Rookie, Class A, Class AA, Class AAA, Arizona Instructional League
- Ashville Tourists - Manager (1986) Class A - Northern Division Champions and All-Star Game Manager
- Osceola Astros - Manager (1987) Class A - Northern Division Champions and All-Star Game Manager
- Waterloo Indians - Manager (1988) Class A – Midwest League
- Cleveland Indians - Coach (1988, 1991) Florida Instructional League
- Kingston Indians - Manager (1989) Class A - Carolina League, All-Star Game Coach
- Canton-Akron Indians - Manager (1990-91) Class AA - Eastern League, All-Star Game Coach
- Cleveland Indians - Coach (1992-93) American League
- Daytona Cubs - Manager (1994) Class A