McPherson, KS – May 20, 2014 – Central Christian College is pleased to announce the hiring of Derk Kremer as the head baseball coach for the 2014-2015 season.
Coach Kremer replaces Justin Cunningham, who coached the team the past two seasons, and recently resigned to take a job in Dallas, Texas. Kremer has been a part of Cunningham's staff the past two years as the head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
With the announcement of Coach Cunningham's resignation, Coach Kremer was endorsed by CCC Athletics Director Chad Kerr. President Hoxie took the recommendation from Kerr, interviewed Kremer, and with the advisement of his cabinet, Hoxie made the decision to name Kremer the head coach.
Kerr commented on the hiring saying, "Coach Kremer was the logical choice to be the next Head Baseball Coach here at Central. We hate to see Coach Cunningham go, but Derk was also instrumental in the growth and improvement of the program while working side by side with Justin. A testament to the direction of the College, the Baseball program, and Athletics department as a whole was that we had a lot of very qualified candidates reach out to me wanting to be the next coach but at the end of the day Derk was the best choice."
Coach Kremer is a native of Sand Spring, Oklahoma. Baseball has been part of life at every level. He played high school baseball at Charles Page High School (Sand Springs, Oklahoma) and went to play at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (Miami, Oklahoma) and then to Harding University (Searcy, Arkansas). While attending and playing at Harding University, Derk earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Management.
Prior to being named the head coach for the Tiger baseball program, Coach Kremer was an assistant coach for the Tigers for two years. Coach Kremer started his college coaching career at Oklahoma Wesleyan University (Bartlesville, Oklahoma). While at OKWU, the Eagles were the 2012 NCCAA runner-up.
When asked about the opportunity to lead the Tiger Baseball program, Coach Kremer responded, "I am very excited about taking over the baseball program here at Central. I am looking forward to continuing to build on the foundation we have built the last couple of years."
Coach Kremer will begin his duties as head coach immediately. He has already begun to actively work to retain as many of the current team members as possible, and continues to seek out recruits for next season.