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USF Baseball: Alan Kunkel Heading to UAB, Karsten Whitson Promoted to Full-Time Coach

Head coach Billy Mohl wasted no time filling the spot.

USF baseball hitting coach Alan Kunkel left the program earlier this week to take a position with UAB. Head coach Billy Mohl didn’t take long to bring on his replacement as volunteer coach Karsten Whitson will now become a full-time paid coach for the Bulls.

Kunkel has a prior relationship with new UAB coach Casey Dunn which helped sway the decision to leave USF after just two (ish) seasons.

Under Kunkel’s tutelage, the Bulls found success in 2021 after a rough COVID shortened 2020 season, and helped turn USF into AAC champion, and Gainesville regional winner.

Whitson has been on staff since 2020, and has primarily worked with the pitchers as their pitching coach. He was a former first round pick by San Diego Padres out of high school, but chose instead to pitch in college for the Florida Gators. He was drafted two more times in 2013 (37th round by the Washington Nationals), and 2014 (11th round by the Boston Red Sox).