A Manhattan High and Kansas State alum is kicking off his coaching career.
Jacob Biller, who played baseball for both the Indians and Wildcats, will join the Cloud County Community College staff as the program’s new hitting coach and infield instructor.
“I’m grateful to be a part of the Cloud County Community College baseball program,” Biller said in a release. “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. 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 K-State earlier this year with a bachelor’s degree in science and kinesiology.
On the diamond, he set career highs during his senior season, with three home runs, 16 RBI, six doubles and a total of 26 hits in 39 games played (29 starts).
He also has experience with Cloud County’s conference, the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC). Biller was a standout at Fort Scott Community College during the 2015-16 season.
Biller had a .303 batting average in his lone season with the Greyhounds, setting a single-season school record for runs scored (69) to go along with 16 homers and 59 RBI. Those efforts earned Biller NJCAA All-America honors and Fort Scott’s 2016 Male Student-Athlete of the Year award.
Biller will now go to work with a Cloud County program coming off one of its best seasons ever. The T-Birds went 34-24 last season, its most wins since 1989, when it won a school-record 46 games. Cloud County advanced to the second round of the NJCAA Central District Tournament last season, finishing in the top 10 in the league in numerous offensive categories, including stolen bases (sixth), home runs (seventh), runs scored (eighth) and walks (eighth).
“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,” Cloud County head coach Eric Gilliland said. “Even more so, he is a great person who will help enrich the experience of our young men coming through the program. We are thrilled to have him join us.”
Biller joins fellow assistants Kody Sindelar and TJ Segebart to round out the Cloud County coaching staff for next season.
He said he’s eager to get started.
“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.”