Tanner FunkAssistant Coach
Georgia College '12
1st season at JCCC
Following a stellar playing career at Johnson County Community College and Georgia College, Tanner Funk enters his first season as an assistant coach to the Cavalier baseball program.
Funk played middle infield for two seasons Georgia College. His junior season, Funk hit .392 on a team-high 80 hits, including a team-best 20 doubles and two home runs. He also drove in 54 runs and scored 45. He was showered with accolades, earning NCBWA All-America First-Team, ABCA All-America First-Team, Daktronics All-America Honorable Mention, All-Region First-Team by NCBWA, ABCA and Daktronics and All-Peach Belt Conference First-Team at shortstop. The Bobcat baseball team that season went 35-17, and held down the No. 1 spot in the country for two weeks.
As a senior, Funk hit .353 with 73 hits, 15 doubles, two homers, 33 RBI and 49 runs scored. He led the Bobcats in hits, doubles and runs scored. Funk was a .373 career hitter for the Bobcats, collecting 152 hits, 35 doubles, four homers, 87 RBI and 94 runs.
Funk began his collegiate career playing for coach Shelley at JCCC. As a freshman, Funk batted .390 (53-for-136) with 19 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 41 runs and 44 RBI. His 19 doubles ranked as the fourth-best season at the time, and now rank tied for fifth. He had 19 multiple-hit and 18 multiple RBI games.
His sophomore season, Funk helped the Cavaliers win an East Jayhawk Conference title for the first time since 1984, ending a 26-year drought. Funk hit .366 in 2010 (70-for-191) with a team high 23 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs, 60 runs scored and 48 RBI. His 23 doubles rank as the second-best season in team history. Funk also registered 21 multiple-hit and 10 multiple-RBI games his sophomore season.
Funk was twice selected All-East Jayhawk Conference, earning honorable mention in 2009 and second-team in 2010. He also left JCCC as the all-time career leader with 42 doubles, and currently ranks among the all-time career leaders in average (.376-26th), at bats (327-11th), hits (123-12th), home runs (12-T-13th), RBI (92-T-8th) and runs scored (101-11th).
He helped the program to an 87-28 record over his two seasons at Johnson County, marking the best two-year span in Shelley’s career, and best since the 1984-85 teams went 55-31.
As a prep athlete at Kearney (Mo.) High School, Funk was a three-time all-conference and two-time All-District performer.rom Union University in 2005, and his master’s degree in education in 2007.