Sad Loss

Baseball Factory loses an esteemed staff member

Kelly Kulina, Baseball Factory's senior vice president for Exclusive Program, died in his sleep Tuesday, Oct. 6. He was 48. A cause of death is not yet known.

Kelly Kulina (Photo by Mike Janes)
As a staff member with Baseball Factory, Baseball America's scouting partner with the Prospects Plus service, Kulina kept in contact with hundreds of colleges as he tried to get players placed into programs that best fit their talent level. He used his experience as an associate head coach and recruiting coordinator to help kids play at the next level. He spent time coaching at Palm Beach (Fla.) Community College, Jacksonville University and the University of Maryland. Between 1989 and 2000, 46 of his players were drafted—two in the first round.

In a memorial to Kulina BF posted the following statement on their web site:

"It is with great sadness that we have to announce the tragic and sudden passing of Kelly Kulina, Senior Vice President of the Exclusive Program. Kelly has been a member of the Baseball Factory team since 2001. He was incredibly dedicated to providing only the best customer service and advice to each and every player he worked with in the Exclusive Program. He helped hundreds of players reach their dreams of playing college or professional baseball. He was an outstanding leader and somebody that will be forever missed. He was a huge part of what made the Baseball Factory the Company it has become today. Right now our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

Information on the funeral and Kulina Children's Educational Fund can be found on Baseball Factory's blog.