2018 Baseball Coaches
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6 Cary Lundy

Head Coach 16th season

Bio

Cary Lundy enters his 15th season as the head baseball coach at Park University as the school's winningest head baseball coach and the only skipper to total 300 wins, picking up career win No. 300 in the 2015 season against Williams Baptist.

He enters the 2017 season with a career coaching record of 353-288-1 in 15 seasons, all at Park University.
   
In 2016, Lundy's team was responsible for one of the biggest turnarounds in collegiate baseball, winning 27 games after only claiming 11 wins in 2015. In 2014, the Pirates were led to 19 wins by all-conference outfielder Christian Torres.

Lundy's 2013 Pirates were led by Preseason All-America honoree Kyle Clifton, who finished the year as a First-Team All-AMC award winner, and in 2014, he coached first-team all-conference honoree Christian Torres, as well as the school's first gold-glove outfielder, Shaun Williams, Jr.

The 2012 season featured NAIA All-America Honorable Mention and AMC Player of the Year third baseman Kyle Clifton as the Pirates had four players earn first-team all-conference accolades and six honorable mention selections. 

Park's 26 wins in 2012 marked the 10th-consecutive season for Coach Lundy winning at least 22 games.

His 2011 team got off to one of Park's fastest starts, winning 15 of its first 17 games, ending the year with four first-team all-conference selections, another five honorable-mention honorees, a gold-glove first baseman in Ryan Rush, and 12 academic all-conference performers in the American Midwest Conference.
 
In 2010, Lundy had the Pirates within a game of playing for the 2010 American Midwest Conference Baseball Tournament championship, falling to William Woods University on the tournament's final day after picking up five all-conference designations, a freshman of the year award for shortstop Jimmy Smelcer, and seven academic-all conference awards. Lundy led the Pirates to 28 wins, including an 8-2 start through the team's first 10 games.
 
The 2010 season also saw the program's second-ever player drafted when Darian Sandford, Park's stolen bases leader with 99 career swipes, was picked in the 47th round by the Kansas City Royals of the 2010 first-year player draft. Sandford was one of four players to play professionally off of the 2010 team.
  
Park opened the 2009 season with a school-record 12-0 start, and during the season, his team produced a 16-4 record at home while putting together a 15-5 mark in the program's final season in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference.
  
The 2009 Pirates appeared in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll and at season's end, the Pirates had a shot at conference supremacy, but Park fell to Bellevue in the MCAC championship game, 10-4.
  
Lundy's Pirates fell just short of postseason competition in 2009 as the last team out of the 2009 Avista-NAIA World Series Opening Round. In all, 2009 produced five First-Team All-MCAC performers, one Rawlings/MCAC Gold Glove Honoree, two Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes, seven Honorable Mention All-MCAC selections and the league's pitcher of the year, Josh Hake.
  
During the conference tournament, Lundy also picked up his 200th career win, beating York 5-4 on May 5. He then picked up No. 201 that same day, defeating Peru State, 17-4.
  
In 2008, Lundy managed the team to 28 wins, and the team was one win away from advancing to an NAIA Super Regional, falling to Bellevue University in the NAIA Region IV title game.
  
Park also played for a shot at the MCAC tournament title in Omaha, Neb., and at the conclusion of the 2008 season, Park had its first player drafted during the Lundy Era when Hake was taken in the 50th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.
  
In 2006, he guided the Pirates to the Region IV Tournament championship game, while in 2007, his Pirates qualified for the tournament, amassing 28 wins and finishing the season seven games above .500.
  
Before taking over the program in 2003, he served for three seasons as an assistant coach at Park, starting when the program was reinstated in 2000.
   
During the summer months, Lundy coaches UMB Bank in Kansas City's prestigious Ban Johnson League, leading his squads to seven league championships. In addition, he has also served as a recommending scout for the Cincinnati Reds organization.
   
A 1982 graduate of Park and native of Kansas City, Mo., Lundy played baseball, basketball and ran cross country as a Pirate. He has two children, J.D. and Kiely.

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55 Clint Culbertson

Assistant Coach 1st season

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18 Bill Sobbe

Assistant Coach 2nd season

  • Alma Mater
    Northwest Missouri State

Bio

Bill Sobbe is in his first season as Park University's assistant baseball coach, but he is no stranger to the Pirates.

 

Two of Sobbe's sons - Jon and Jake - spent a combined 169 games behind the plate for head coach Cary Lundy, Jon in 2006 and 2007, and Jake from 2012 to 2015. Sobbe's daughter-in-law, Katie, was also a starting outfielder for the Park softball team from 2004 to 2007.

 

Sobbe joins the Pirates while continuing as the pitching coach for the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association. Sobbe joined the T-Bones as bench coach before the 2012 season. In 2014 he took over as the team’s pitching coach.

 

For 20 seasons, 1984-2003, Sobbe was the Kansas City Royals bullpen catcher, working with some of the club's best pitchers, including Bret Saberhagen, Mark Gubicza, Danny Jackson, Dan Quisenberry and Jeff Montgomery.

 

Sobbe played three seasons, 1979-81, in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, reaching Double-A in ’81. Sobbe, who’s been an educator in the Kansas City area since 1982, spent more than 15 years in the Park Hill School District as a coach, athletic director and assistant principal, before retiring in 2013.

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Beau Franklin

Assistant Coach