2008 Dill Howell Award

Kevin Kalal

Kevin Kalal's name might not often make headlines after a game, but his role is vital to the success of every team he has been on. After wrestling and playing football and golf in high school, his baseball career began at Washington State University in 1988.

Kalal served as the student manager for the Cougars' baseball team, and upon graduation in 1991, he joined the Tacoma Tigers as a young intern. The Tacoma Rainiers hired him in 1995, and through 1997 he served in various roles for the team.

Moving up the ranks at a rapid pace, Kalal advanced from an intern to an assistant general manager, supervising baseball and stadium operations at Cheney Stadium. He also was very involved in various other games at Cheney, including WIAA state baseball tournaments, Tacoma Timbers semi-professional games and the Tacoma/Pierce County Sister City Exchange Baseball Program.

Kalal has also served on the Pacific Coast League's travel committee and public relations committee, and has been very active in preserving the history of the Tacoma Tigers and Rainiers through annual donations of team memorabilia to the Shanaman Sports Museum.

A native of Fremont, California, Kalal moved to Longview, Washington, where he graduated from R.A. Long High School in 1987.