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coaching staff nine staffs have been under 4.00, almost unheard of at the collegiate level. Horner’s pitching staffs have led the KJCCC five times, place second twice and have consistenely been ranked among the top staffs in the nation year-in and year-out. The 2007 staff was one of the best in all of junior college baseball. They produced a 2.51 team ERA which was the best in the conference, and among the top in the NJCAA. The 2007 staff also set record numbers for fewest walks (138), ERA (2.51), and opponent batting average (.249). In addition, Horner mentored Justin Miller, who was selected in the sixth round (207th overall pick) by the Los Angeles Dodges in the June 2007 Major League Baseball draft.

one of only 13 teams to appear in the first five NJCAA polls. Johnson County qualified for its fifth straight Region VI Tournament berth, falling in the super regional championship game. The 2011 team also excelled in the classroom, posting a grade point average of 3.12. That ranked the Cavaliers 13th overall, marking the fourth consecutive season they team has finished among the top 16 academic teams in the country. Last season, the Cavaliers posted a 40-18 record and were ranked in the national polls for a fifth consecutive year. The 2012 Cavaliers also captured the KJCCC Eastern Division Championship, giving the program its second title in three years. JCCC earned the top seed in the Region VI tournament, but lost in the super region championship game. Off the field, the 2012 Cavaliers were again one of the top academic teams in teh country, finishing seventh with a grade point average of 3.26. It marks the fifth straight year the JCCC baseball team has finished nationally ranked on the field and in classroom. As pitching coach, Horner has helped turn the Cavaliers into one of the top pitching programs in the country and helped rewrite the record books. Under his watch the Cavalier pitching staff has produced the top seven team earned run averages in JCCC history under Shelley. His 2005 pitching staff finished with a 3.38 ERA (7th), followed by the 2007 staff which finished with a 2.51 ERA (2nd); 2008 staff finished with a 2.70 ERA (3rd); 2009 staff finished with a 2.34 ERA (1st); 2010 staff finished with a 3.37 ERA (6th) 2011 staff finished with at 3.22 (5th) and his 2012 staff finished with a 2.78 ERA (4th). Horner guided the Cavaliers to three consecutive seasons with a team ERA under 3.0 from 2007 to 2009, and again last season. Additioally, eight of his last

The 2008 staff was again one of the best in all of junior college baseball. They produced a 2.70 team ERA which was the best in the conference for the second straight year. The 2008 staff set record numbers for innings pitched (426), strikeouts (334), and complete games (17). In addition, Horner mentored Brandon Droge, Travis Blankenship, and Dustin Holthaus who rank as some of the best pitchers in JCCC history. Droge was voted 1st team all conference, 1st team all region, and selected as an All-American. He was ranked in the top 10 nationally in ERA with a 1.28. He is the first pitcher to earn All-Region since 1996, and first to earn All-American since Bob Downs in 1974. Blankenship was voted 2nd team all conference and led the team with an 11-3 record. His 11 wins tie the season record at JCCC, and his 18 total career victories are a new school record. Blankenship, who has signed with the University of Kansas, also ranks first all-time in career innings pitched (155), career games started (28) and ranks first in career strikeouts with 135. Holthaus finished with 13 career wins, which ties him for ninth alltime and his is tied for 12th with 17 career starts. The 2009 staff was his best yet, producing a team ERA of 2.34. His staff led the conference for a third straight year and was again one of the best in country. The 2009 staff also set record numbers for opponent batting average (.246), fewest walks (123), ERA (2.34), saves (12) and fewest hits allowed (389). In addition, Horner mentored four pitchers who received all-conference awards in 2009, the most in school history. The 2010 season marked the fourth straight season the Cavaliers hurlers led the conference and were among the best in the country finishing with a 3.37 team ERA. This staff set record numbers for opponent batting average (.245) most innings pitched (413) and shattered most strikeouts (375). In addition, Horner also had four pitchers garner all-conference awards in 2010, which tie the most in school history. Ryan Garman (Grand Valley State), Gil Rehwinkel (Lipscomb University), Zach Smith (St. Louis University) and Zach Gove (Emporia State) were his all-conference pitchers. 2011 saw the pitching staff finish second in the conference with a 3.22 team ERA. Horner also mentored Jeff Soptic and Vince Spilker, who were the only Kansas community college pitchers selected in the 2011 Major League Draft. Soptic wend became the highest draft pick in JCCC his-

tory after he was taken in the third round with 110th pick by the Chicago White Sox. Soptic, who was one of the only a few pitchers in the country to reach 100 mph, signed a professional contract in July with the Sox. Spilker was taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 20th round (614th overall). He also was selected as an all-conference performer. Horner also mentored all-conference pitcher Wes Torrez and all-conference and allregion right-hander Cody Schumacher. Overall, his 2011 staff set new team records for opponent batting average (.239) and strikeouts (395). Last season may have been some of Horner's finest work to date. The Cavaleirs entered the 2012 seaosn having lost its entire starting staff to the Major League Draft and NCAA D-I programs, yet the Cavaliers were still able to produce a 2.78 team ERA and set a new school record for strikeouts with 396. This was Horner's fourth staff to finish under a 3.00 ERA, and the team captured the East Jayhawk title for the second time in three years. In his nine years as recruiting coordinator, Horner has recruited and/or coached 54 all conference selections, 13 All region selections, five All-Americans, one Region Player of the year, two Conference Players of the Year, one JUCO All-Star, 19 Academic All-Americans, two Rawlings Big Stick Award and two Rawlings Gold Glove Winners. Thirty players have gone onto the division I level, 61 players have gone on to the division II level, 16 players have played NAIA, and 10 players have gone onto professional baseball. Not only does he bring in top talent, but he has helped build JCCC into a powerhouse on the diamond and in the classroom. The Cavaliers been ranked in both baseball and academics five straight years. In addition to his duties with the team, Horner directs the highly successful JCCC summer baseball camps, showcases, indoor leagues and private lessons during the year. Horner also serves an adjunct assistant professor in the business department, is the general manager for Seaboard in the Ban Johnson League. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Horner was a member of a Division II NCAA powerhouse at CMSU. The Mules recorded four consecutive top-five finishes at the NCAA D II World Series, including a National Championship in 2003. The team also placed second, third, and fifth during his playing career. Horner played a prominent role in each of his four seasons for CMSU, compiling an 11-2 record along with 15 saves. He set the conference and school records for single-season saves, career saves, single-season appearances, and career appearances. His Senior season, Horner had 31 appearances and posted a 2.50 earned run average with 51 strikeouts, 8 saves, 13 walks, and held opponents to a .216 batting average. His efforts earned him first-team All-MIAA accolades. Following a successful collegiate career, Horner signed a free agent minor league contract to play wit the Springfield/Ozark Mountain Ducks of the Central Baseball League. In his first professional season, Horner compiled a team-best 2.25 ERA and became the number two starter in the rotation. After the sale of the team, Horner signed in the off-season with the Kansas City T-Bones of the Northern League. Horner graduated from Central Missouri with a degree in finance, and earned his master’s in business administration from St. Mary’s University. Horner and his wife, Katie, reside in Olathe Kan. The couple have a six-year old daughter, Halee Ann, and a three-year old son, Hunter Steven.

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