About the Program

Last year, 2016-17: 

We had another year of success both on and off the field.

In the classroom, we finished with a Team GPA of 3.34, which was the eleventh highest in the nation. We had 9 players earn Academic All-American status with a GPA of 3.60-4.00.

On the field we finished with a record of 38-24 record, the sixth most wins in program history. It marked the seventh consecutive year the program has won thirty or more games, which eclipses the number of 30 win season in the 43 years of the program prior to this streak. We landed 6 players on the All-Conference. For the 9th consecutive year, all of our sophomores were offered baseball scholarships at the 4-year level. Additionally, for the fourth straight year, all of our sophomores received academic scholarships in addition to their athletic scholarships from their 4-year institution.

Below is a summary of the last 9 years and each team’s achievements on the field, in the classroom, and what level of 4-year institution the sophomores signed:

2016-17
Record: 38-24
Team GPA: 3.34 (11th in the Nation)
Exemplary Academic Achievement Awards (formerly known as Academic All-American): 9
Sophomore Class Breakdown of 4-year signing: 7 D-I, 4 D-II

2015-16
Record: 37-21
Team GPA: 3.59 (2nd in the Nation)
Exemplary Academic Achievement Awards (formerly known as Academic All-American): 6
Sophomore Class Breakdown of 4-year signing: 6 D-I, 5 D-II, 1 NAIA

2014-15
Record: 32-29
Team GPA: 3.68 (2nd in the Nation)
Exemplary Academic Achievement Awards (formerly known as Academic All-American): 6
Sophomore Class Breakdown of 4-year signing: 5 D-I, 6 D-II

2013-14
Record: 31-27
Team GPA: 3.72 (2nd in the Nation)
Exemplary Academic Achievement Awards (formerly known as Academic All-American): 7
Sophomore Class Breakdown of 4-year signing: 6 D-I, 4 D-II, 1 NAIA

2012-13
Record: 40-17 (3rd most wins in school history)
Team GPA: 3.37 (2nd highest in the Nation and the highest in the conference for the 6th straight year)
Exemplary Academic Achievement Awards (formerly known as Academic All-American): 5
Sophomore Class Breakdown of 4-year signing: 8 D-I, 3 D-II, 1 NAIA

2011-12
Record: 30-26
Team GPA: 3.31 (4th highest in the nation and highest in the conference)
Exemplary Academic Achievement Awards (formerly known as Academic All-American): 2
Sophomore Class Breakdown of 4-year signing: 10 D-I, 5 D-II, 2 NAIA

2010-11
Record: 42-18 (2nd most wins in school history)
Team GPA: 3.33 (4th highest in the nation and highest in the conference)
Exemplary Academic Achievement Awards (formerly known as Academic All-American): 4
Sophomore Class Breakdown of 4-year signing: 4 D-I, 7 D-II, 1 NAIA

2009-10
Record: 27-31
Team GPA: 3.43 (3rd highest in the nation and highest in the conference)
Exemplary Academic Achievement Awards (formerly known as Academic All-American): 6
Sophomore Class Breakdown of 4-year signing: 4 D-I, 2 D-II, 2 NAIA

2008-09
Record: 28-26
Team GPA: 3.27 (6th highest in the nation and highest in the conference)
Exemplary Academic Achievement Awards (formerly known as Academic All-American): 4
Sophomore Class Breakdown of 4-year signing: 3 D-I, 3 D-II, 1 NAIA

Conference & Schedule: We are part of the nationally acclaimed, Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC). There are two divisions in our conference – the East and the West - We are part of the 10 team East division. The Jayhawk Conference is one the elite Junior College conferences in the nation. Our conference is big enough to be an entire Region (VI) on the national level and possesses its own bid to the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, CO. Our conference schedule consists of 4-game weekend series with a home/home double header at each school’s campus. The weekend schedule was adopted to prevent missed classes due to the early start (1:00pm) of baseball games within the conference and also to assist with exposure since the East Division plays its conference double headers on Thursday and Saturday. The Thursday games allow our players to be seen by D-1 and D-2 schools more since we play on their travel day. We schedule multiple mid-week games which usually occur on Monday’s or Tuesday’s to complete our 56 game schedule. On average, we play almost 66% of our games at home during the season.

Our scholarship situation: We are allotted 24 in-state scholarships, which we can give to an out-of-state player, once he establishes Kansas residency in the first 6 months. (We can explain this further, when needed). We are not afforded school funded out-of-state scholarships and have to fundraise for all our out-of-state scholarships.

Recruiting: When we decide to recruit a player, we see the potential in that player to make an immediate impact. Nothing is promised except that we will leave no stone unturned to help each individual reach his maximum potential from his God given capabilities to become the best person, student, and player on a daily basis.

Playing time is earned - not promised. Due to our small roster size, we cannot make mistakes in recruiting, so if a player decides to be a part of this program, we need him to be productive on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. This is a huge advantage for those who decide to play for us. With our limited scholarship situation being what it is, we have to build depth on our team by recruiting and signing players who are athletic, versatile, and can play multiple positions – not by signing 50-60 players. We develop secondary positions to increase versatility of each player, because in the long run, versatility provides more NCAA D-I and other 4-year options, and options at the 4-year level provide opportunity and opportunity is what Junior College is about.

Our roster size will range from 28-36 players. Many Junior College’s and 4-year schools have 50-70 players and cut throughout the fall semester, all the way to Christmas break. We do not believe in treating players like pieces of meat and do not run our program this way. We are selective and choose who we want as a part of our program and invest in those players who decide to be a part of our program. We do not have do cuts at the semester break or any other time of the year.

Facilities: We do annual improvements to all of our facilities and are always looking for ways to improve what we currently have.

Lions Field

Our field is a natural grass playing surface with grass baselines between home to first and third to home. Our dimensions are 310-380-315. Our field can play very small or very large, depending on the Kansas wind. Between the fall of 2008 and the fall of 2012, our playing surface has been completely renovated. We replaced our infield dirt, laser graded and sodded our entire infield and foul territory areas, changed types of grass and replanted our entire outfield, implemented a new warning track, repainted the entire facility, placed padded poles in front of the dugouts, built new stone walls down the right and left field lines, extended our backstop to connect with both dugouts, implemented a webcam for live game viewing and rebuilt our game mound. In the fall of 2012, we added a webcam to the field to allow parents to watch games from a computer when they could not make it in person. In the fall of 2013, we renovated our dugouts by raising the height, replacing the roof and adding signage to the front facing. In the summer of 2014, we laser graded and sprigged our outfield with Bermuda grass to complete the entire surface with athletic field Bermuda. In 2016 we added a row of 10 flag poles behind the left field fence with each flag pole having a pennant flag representing the 10 schools in the East Division of our conference and a brand new scoreboard that houses a state of the art sound system. In 2017 we added 2 sets of bleachers with 88 chair backs and shade canopy’s covering both sets of bleachers. Future projects include new hitting pavilions, moving the bullpens, replacing the OF fence, and turfing the infield.

Dave Regan Clubhouse & “The Barn”

We are one of 4 KJCCC schools that have its own baseball controlled indoor facility. This is not a gym or multi-purpose facility. It is specifically for baseball use and operated by the baseball program. We have installed new turf, netting, and lighting over the last 4 years. We installed a new netting system in December of 2012 that encloses the facility, allowing for live batting practice and bullpens to occur. We are able to throw bullpens, hit and field ground balls during the winter season or during rain (365 days of baseball).

Attached to our indoor facility is the Dave Regan Clubhouse with a 36 man locker-room with an entertainment center, Wi-Fi, 4-55” flat screen TVs, sound system, ping pong table, bathroom, and team laundry room.

Weight Room

Our weight room is located on campus which we use from the first day of class until the last day of class. (We can explain our weights/conditioning program in further detail on campus visits) 

On campus: We require all of our players to live on campus, in the dorms. It is an all baseball section of the dorm with multiple baseball assistant coaches serving as one of the numerous Resident Assistants on campus. Our dorm rooms are quad-style apartments, with a bathroom between 2 suites. Four players share a bathroom. We do not randomly pair up teammates, we attempt to learn backgrounds and ask questions of each player before we decide who to pair up as roommates and who to place as suite mates. Baseball players live with baseball players only. We have daily breakfast check-ins and mid-morning check-ins at the baseball office. This is possible due to the small campus that we have. It’s a great advantage because it allows our coaches to see our players at least once every day away from the baseball field and get to know them on a personal level which will help on the professional level.

Academics: The average class size on campus is 14-18 students (mostly athletes). Classroom sizes are great for one on one attention…meaning an excellent chance to achieve a great education. Class attendance is mandatory with numerous grade checks occurring throughout each semester to help keep the coaching staff informed of each player’s academic progress. Study Hall is also required for all freshmen, and for sophomores who have a sub 3.60 GPA. We have 1 specific team goal every academic year– to win a Team GPA National Championship. We feel if we achieve this goal, each individual on the team will have a good foundation for their education, and education is the foundation for their professional life. It is not a cliché here that academics come first, it is a fact. Our coaching staff understands that baseball will be over in a blink, and all our kids will rely on their education for the remainder of their lives