CONCORDIA, Kansas — Riding the momentum of its best season since 1989, the Cloud County Community College baseball program took another step forward Monday when it announced the addition of Jacob Biller as an assistant coach.
Biller is a native of Manhattan, Kansas. The former middle infielder for his hometown Kansas State Wildcats will now assume the role of hitting coach and infield instructor for the T-Birds.
"I'm grateful to be a part of the Cloud County Community College baseball program. It's going to be an incredible opportunity to positively impact the lives of young men who are going to be entering a very transformational part of life," Biller said. "I am excited to work alongside them in their quest to be both successful baseball players, but more importantly, outstanding young men."
Biller graduated from Kansas State in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in Science and Kinesiology. On the field, he set career highs with the Wildcats, finishing his senior season with three home runs, 16 RBI, six doubles and a total of 26 hits in 39 games played (29 starts).
Prior to Kansas State, Biller received first-hand experience inside the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) as a standout at Fort Scott Community College in 2015-2016.
Biller slashed .303 his one season with the Greyhounds. He added 16 home runs, 59 RBI, and 69 runs scored to set the school record for runs scored in a single season.
His breakout freshman year earned him 2016 Male Student-Athlete of the Year at Fort Scott and All-American honors in the NJCAA.
Biller will now go to work with a Cloud County offense that showed promise last season en route to team finishing 34-24 overall — the most wins for the program since the 1989 team won a school-record 46 — while advancing to Wichita for the second round of the NJCAA Central District Tournament.
The T-Birds' finished top-10 in the KJCCC in runs scored (8th), home runs (7th), walks (8th) and stolen bases (6th) while batting .284 as a team (14th).
"Jake is a great young coach and will really solidify our staff. He will be an awesome resource for our hitters as a guy who, as a player, produced in the KJCCC and moved into the Big 12 at K-State," said Cloud County head coach, Eric Gilliland. "Even more so, he is a great person that will help enrich the experience of our young men coming through the program. We are thrilled to have him join us."
Biller joins Kody Sindelar and TJ Segebart to round out the Cloud County coaching staff heading into 2019-2020. He said he is excited about joining the fold and for the opportunity to start working with the Cloud County student-athletes.
"My hope is that I can help them discover more about themselves, cultivate meaningful relationships, and positively impact the people that they are around in their lifetime," Biller said. "This opportunity allows me to give a small piece back to the game that has given me so much. I am thankful for that."