Kent Shelley

Baseball Coach • Inducted 2013

Kent Shelley

In 1987, Kent Shelley accepted the challenge to build on Johnson County’s rich baseball tradition established by legendary Hall of Fame coach Sonny Maynard. Shelley has not disappointed the Cavalier faithful, directing the JCCC baseball program to the forefront of junior college baseball in not only the East Jayhawk Conference and Region VI, but nationwide.

Now in his 31st season at the helm, Shelley is the winningest coach in JCCC history, and one of the all-time leaders in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference. He has amassed an impressive 971-565-1 mark (.632) entering the 2018 season, leading four teams to Eastern Sub-Regional championships and four squads to NJCAA Region VI titles. In 2005, Shelley won his 500th game as JCCC’s head coach, and became JCCC’s all-time wins leader, surpassing JCCC Hall of Famer Sonny Maynard. Win number 599 might just be his most rewarding. That victory gave JCCC its first berth to the NJCAA JUCO World Series. He got win number 600 in his first game of the 2009 campaign, 700 came during the 2011 season, 800 in 2014 and 900 in 2016. He looks to top 1,000 win in the 2018 campaign

In his 30 seasons as a college head coach, he has produced eight teams that have surpassed 40 wins, 18  teams that have surpassed at least 30 wins, and his teams have racked up at least 20 wins in 29 of his 30 years at the helm. In  2008 he led his team to the program’s first JUCO World Series appearance. In 2010, his squad captured the KJCCC Eastern Division Conference championships, the first since 1984, and his Cavaliers earned a second conference title in 2012 and a third in 2014.

Shelley’s players have also seen unbelievable success. He has coached eight NJCAA All-Americans, two preseason NJCAA All-Americans, one NJCAA World Series All-Tournament selection, five USA Junior College All-Stars, 28 All-Region VI performers, 147 All-East Jayhawk Conference recipients and 40 NJCAA Academic Award Winner, including a record seven in 2010 and 2016. In 2008, Doug Otto was a unanimous selection as the conference MVP, the first in the program’s history. He also became the first player to be awarded a Rawlings Gold Glove award. Shelley also has had two players receive a Rawlings Big Stick Award for posting the top batting average in JCCC’s NJCAA District.

Shelley is also highly respected in nationally. He coached team in international competitions, served on various committees, both regionally and nationally, and served all the offices of the American Baseball Coaches Association, including President in 2007.

That same year, Shelley was inducted into the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, joining 77 other community college coaching greats. He is just the second coach from Region VI and the Kansas Jayhawk Conference to earn this prestigious honor. In January 2013, Shelley earned college baseball’s highest coaching honor when he was inducted to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame