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).
This will be Coach Cunningham's first collegiate head coaching job, but he is well suited for the task as he has been 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 is looking forward to this new chapter in his life commenting, "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.
Wade is a 2012 graduate of Central Christian College, graduating Magnum Cum Laudewith a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in Coaching with a concentration in Sports Psychology.He was also awarded the Dr. Fran Jabara Leadership Award upon graduation.
Wade began his post collegiate coaching career this summer cutting his teeth with the Wichita Wheat Kings, a semi-professional team out of Wichita, KS. He also has 3 years' experience coaching high school summer ball with the Varsity team as head coach in the American Legion League in Colorado. In those 3 years Wedow worked his way up from assistant to head varsity coach within the first year and led the team to the state playoffs two years in a row after taking over as head coach.
Over his four years of playing baseball at Central, Wade was a 3 year Academic All American and 2 year team captain.
Derk Kremer begins his first season as an assistant coach on the Central Christian baseball staff. Kremer's responsibilities will include working with the pitchers, recruiting, and various other duties.
He comes to Central after working at Oklahoma Wesleyan University (Bartlesville, Oklahoma). He was a member of the 2012 NCCAA National Runner Up team at Oklahoma Wesleyan University. He began his coaching career in baseball as a volunteer assistant coach for the Poyen High School Indians (Poyen, AR). The Indians qualified for the state tournament during his time in 2011. He also has been a big part of Sho-Me Baseball Camp and Heart of the Order non-profit camp as a coach since summer of 2007 and continues to work every summer.
Kremer began his playing career at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (Miami, Oklahoma), where he was a pitcher for the Norseman. He went on to finish his career at Harding University (Searcy, Arkansas), a NCAA Division 2 school.