Meet our coaches
- Brian Kalczynski started coaching in the spring of 1999 as an assistant coach to Bob
Riker at Brother Rice High School. That summer, he became an assistant coach for
the Brewster White Caps of the Cape Cod League. Over the next four seasons, he
coached at the University of Illinois, University of Michigan, and Central Michigan
University. In 2004, he rejoined Bob Riker and the Brother Rice Coaching Staff. In that
time Brother Rice won 1 State Title, 8 Catholic League Championships, and went to 3
final Four Games.
- In 2013 and 2014, his Midwest Elite Teams won the Perfect Game BCS National
Championship. The 2014 18u Midwest Elite finished the year ranked #5 nationally by
Perfect Game. In 2015, Coach Kal led the 14u Warriors Baseball Club of Michigan to
championships in both the Perfect Game BCS Championship and the Perfect Game
World Series. The 2015 14u Warriors finished the year ranked #1 in the country by
Perfect Game. In 2017, Coach Kal led the 16u D Las Vegas Baseball to a third place
finish at the 16u Perfect Game World Series, earning the team a #11 national ranking
by the end of summer and an end of year #22 national ranking.
- In the Fall of 2016, Brian Kalczynski formed BKC Baseball to train professional,
college and amateur athletes in the Metro Detroit-area.
- Joe “Kal” played football, basketball and baseball at Brother Rice HS.
- Joe Kal helped lead the Brother Rice Baseball Team to the 1994 Baseball State
- In 1996, he was drafted by the Detroit Tigers, but decided to attend Michigan State
on a baseball scholarship.
- He was drafted after his junior season by the Arizona Diamondbacks and signed to
play professional baseball
- Joe Kal has coached Warrior Baseball and Brother Rice Baseball over the past 15+
- “Coaching the Game so that the kids master the critical details that they need to
learn at a young age, is what I’m most passionate about. I’m more interested to see
how good the player is when he’s 18, after receiving quality instruction, rather than
comparing him to others his age when he still has so much to
learn and practice.”
- Pat is one of the most accomplished baseball players from the State of
- Michigan 2009 “Gatorade High School Player of the Year”
- 4-Year starter at the University of Michigan
- 2-time captain at U of M
- Lousiville Slugger freshman All-American
- 9th round pick by the New York Mets
- 6 seasons of professional baseball
- Bob was a 3-sport athlete at Brother Rice High School. He went on to play
baseball at Central Michigan University and was later drafted by the
Detroit Tigers. After his professional career, he returned to Brother Rice as
the Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach under Ron Kalczynski. Upon Coach
Kal’s retirement, Coach Riker was named Head Coach at Brother Rice in
- Brother Rice baseball has enjoyed extraordinary success under Coach
Riker. They’ve won 9 Catholic League Championships, 12 District
Championships, 7 Regionals, and have appeared in 5 State Championship
games and won 1 State Championship.
- In the last 15 years, Coach Riker has helped more than 45 high school
players take their game to the next level; 6 of those players have gone on
to play professional baseball. Coach Riker was inducted into the MHSBCA
Hall of Fame in 2016.
- A 2017 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Ryan Smoyer was Third Team All-ACC and First Team ABCA/Rawlings All-Midwest Region in 2015. During his time at Notre Dame, Ryan played in both the Cape Cod and Northwoods Collegiate Summer Leagues. He was named the Northwood League’s Co-Pitcher of the Year and the number 1 prospect in 2014.
- Upon graduating from Notre Dame, Coach Smoyer became an assitant coach in the collegiate Futures League and a graduate assistant at Ohio University. A native of Bowling Green, OH, Coach Smoyer now lives and works in the Metro Detroit-area.
- 4-year starter at Brother Rice High School.
- Earned a baseball scholarship to attend Siena Heights University.
- 4-year starter at short stop.
- 2019 Freddy played in the USPBL and was selected into the All-Star Game
and was also nominated for a Gold Glove Award.
- Coach Freddy has been working at BKC since 2018
- Currently the Head Coach at Detroit Catholic Central
- Played professionally with the Dodgers Organization
- All Big Ten at University of Illinois
- 3-sport athlete at Catholic Central