Former Kansas Pitcher Commissioned into Marine Corps

Sept. 19, 2011

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Former Kansas pitcher Thomas Marcin held a ceremony for commission into the United States Marines Corps on Friday, Sept. 16 with several of his Jayhawk teammates and coaches in attendance at Hoglund Ballpark.

Marcin, who played at KU from 2007-10, graduated from KU last school year and attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Quantico, Va. He also completed his flight school and passed his physical prior the ceremony.

At the ceremony, Marcin stood at home plate was sworn in by Captain Brian Olmstead, while Gunnery Sergeant Volinsky read Marcin’s orders. He was then “pinned” by his parents, Steve and Carolyn, who put the appropriate pins on each shoulder, while his brother, Scott, placed the pin on his chest. He was also handed his sword by his uncle, Tom Lowenstein. Nearly 70 former teammates, coaches and family members were in attendance.

“It was really nice for everybody to show up, I wasn’t expecting that many people to be there,” Marcin said. “It just shows you how much of a community it is at KU and especially on the baseball team.”

“Everybody associated with our KU baseball program enjoyed being a part of Thomas Marcin’s special day,” Kansas head coach Ritch Price said. “He had former teammates come back from all over the country to honor him and be a part of his ceremony. We all wish him continued success as an officer in the United States Marine Corp.”

Marcin played four seasons for Price, appearing in 39 games, including 37 out of the bullpen. He recorded 39 strikeouts in 47 innings and a career ERA of 5.17. He was given the Ron McDonald Coaches Award following his senior season.

He will go into active duty in the Marine Corps in April, 2012.


Nearly 70 teammates, coaches and family members were in attendance to see Marcin’s Commission Ceremony.