For Justin Cunningham, a native of Wichita, Kansas, baseball has been a part of life at every level. He played high school baseball at Valley Center High School (Valley Center, Kansas)and went on to playat Pratt Community College (Pratt, Kansas) and then at Lyon College (Batesville, Arkansas). While playing for Lyon College, Justin earned a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Business Administration and Economics. While at Lyon, he was the first player, in school history, to hit for the cycle. He also was a two-time Academic All-American and received the Lyon College Champions of Character Award. After graduating from Lyon College, Coach Cunningham went on to earn a master's degree in Sports Administration from Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Arkansas).
Coach Cunningham is entering his second year at the helm of the CCC baseball program. In his inaugural season, he guided the Tigers to 13 wins, quadrupiling the team's win total from the previous year. Prior to taking over the Tiger program, Coach Cunningham was an assistant coach at two other programs with national championship experience. Right out of college, Coach Cunningham was hired as an assistant at NCAA DII Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, Arkansas). A year later, he was hired at Oklahoma Wesleyan University (Bartlesville, Oklahoma). While at OWU, the Eagles won the NCCAA national championship in 2011and werethe NCCAArunner-up in 2012.
Coach Cunningham loves what the Lord has led him and what He has gifted him to do saying, "I am excited to be a part of the CCC community and a part of the direction where CCC Baseball is headed. The vision of the program is to excel not only on the baseball field, but also in the classroom, on and off campus and, ultimately, spiritually."
Justin and his wife Whitney have two sons, Conner and Brendan. They currently reside in McPherson, Kansas.