Kevin Mahar is making his mark as a professional baseball coach after a stellar playing career at Midland High, Indiana University, then in the professional ranks, capped by earning a promotion to the Texas Rangers.
Mahar started as a key member of the Midland High baseball team, leading the Chemics to the 1998 MHSAA State Championship. He also played basketball and football for the Chemics.
Following his high school career, Mahar headed to the Big Ten to play for Indiana University. He earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors. He led the Hoosiers with 14 home runs and a .662 slugging percentage in 2004. Mahar earned three varsity letters at Indiana.
After college, Mahar spent time in the Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies organizations as an outfielder. Mahar made his big league debut on May 16, 2007 with the Texas Rangers against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He collected his first big league hit on May 17, 2007, a double off of LHP Scott Kazmir. He had his best professional season in 2005 in Bakersfield when he hit 17 homers with 63 RBI, 98 runs scored, 17 stolen bases, and a .315 batting average. The following year at AA Frisco he belted 20 homers with 82 RBI, 82 runs, 13 stolen bases, and a .267 average. During his minor league career Mahar hit 72 homers and had 279 RBI.
Mahar is currently coaching in the Cincinnati Reds organization. He is spending the 2017 season as the bench coach in Dayton, and previously spent the 2013 and 2014 campaigns as hitting coach in Billings, and 2015 season with the Reds High A affiliate Daytona.