Ken Beelen completed his sixth season as a member of the Kalamazoo College baseball coaching staff in 2018, and 13th year as an assistant with head coach, Mike Ott. He serves as the bench coach during games and works primarily with infielders and hitters.
Beelen has been a major cog in the baseball program’s transition as he has helped build up the program over the past six seasons seeing Kalamazoo qualify for the conference tournament four years in a row, win 20 games three years in a row, played in the 2016 Division III Midwest Regional and amass 30 wins in the 2017 season for the first time in program history.
Prior to K, Beelen was an assistant varsity baseball coach at Holland Christian High School where he played a pivotal role for seven years. He aided the Maroons in winning a 2008 conference championship, district championships in 2006 and 2011, and the school’s first regional championship and state quarterfinal appearance in 2006. The Maroons teams were ranked in the state for seven straight seasons, garnering the school's first No. 1 ranking in 2007, and finished the 2011 season posting the school’s first 30-win season. The Maroons won 20 games in six of Beelen’s seven seasons as an assistant.
In addition to his baseball coaching experience, Beelen served three years as the varsity soccer coach at Calvary Schools of Holland (2009-11), leading the team to its first district title in school history (2010).
Beelen and his wife, Nancy, reside in Holland, Mich. and they have two sons and a daughter in law, Alex (married to Stephanie) and Kaleb.