Maryland Eastern Shore adds Kirk, Johnson to baseball staff
Ben Kirk (right) returns to The Shore after an impressive eight seasons coaching his alma mater
Dec. 18, 2017

PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland Maryland Eastern Shore’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announces the hiring of Ben Kirk as an assistant baseball coach and the appointment of Dave Johnson as a volunteer assistant. The positions—which take immediate effect—are to be filled by a pair of men who are very familiar to the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the Delmarva Peninsula.

Kirk is a native of nearby Salisbury, and his baseball career is rooted in Brian Hollamon’s tenure as head coach of Parkside High School. His time with the Rams led him to Messiah College in Pennsylvania, where he has spent his coaching career up to this point.

As a player Kirk was positioned at catcher. He enjoyed a splendid career for the Falcons, starting all four seasons there and claiming three All-Conference selections. During Kirk’s junior season Messiah College polished off 28 victories to win the Middle Atlantic Conference’s Commonwealth Championship, earning a place at the NCAA Division III Regionals.

When his time as a player finished Kirk jumped right into the coaching circuit at his alma mater. Over Kirk's eight seasons as a Falcons assistant the team has soared, winning the MAC tournament twice and adding a runner-up performance in 2016. Messiah College can boast two All-American student-athletes, 25 All-Conference selections, and conference leadership in academic prowess.



He graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree sport management degree before completing a master’s degree in Higher Education, specializing in Athletics Management.

Johnson is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a retired intelligence officer with 30 years of active military experience, achieving the rank of captain. Upon his retirement, he joined Hollamon’s staff at Parkside—serving as an assistant for the past 13 seasons. In that span Johnson became a household name in the local baseball community, helping the Parkside Rams to multiple Bayside and regional titles while assisting the semi-pro Perdue Chicks of the Eastern Shore Baseball League. In 2014 he was inducted into the National Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame as a commissioner.

Kirk moves back to Salisbury with his wife Francesca and their son James. Johnson is married to his wife of 42 years, Brenda, and they have two adult children, Brian and Gary.

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