Jacob Baca, current operator, co-owner, head coach of the 18U Kansas Curve, and GM of the Kansas Curve Collegiate team, is a graduate of Goddard High School, class of 2012. After High School, Baca took his baseball career to Newman University, where he played for Coach Ehling. His career was ended after his freshman year as a Jet due to a knee injury. He now attends Wichita State University and plans to major in Business. With his baseball knowledge and experience he looks to take the Curve to the next level of baseball. Jacob is in his 5th year of coaching and will enter his first year on the Circle High School coaching staff in 2019. Jacob also works as a para at Andover Central Middle School.
Evan Smith, Co-owner of the Kansas Curve, is a graduate of Wichita Northwest High School, class of 2012. After high school, Evan went on to play college baseball at Highland Community College, where he was an everyday starter in the OF for Coach Rick Eberly and the Scotties. Baseball was an option for Evan after Highland, however he decided to pursue his passion in education. Evan hopes that he can impact the lives of the young men on his team as his teachers and coaches did for him. He currently works for a non profit organization in Wichita that aids those with exceptionalities. After graduation Evan plans to coach collegiate baseball or begin teaching at a local high school, whichever opportunity may arise. He is entering his 2nd year as the assistant baseball coach at North High School, located in Wichita, Ks. Effective fall 2018 he will begin his professional career in education at North High School in the Interrelated Social Studies Department. Evan and his wife Kate reside in Wichita. Evan currently serves as an assistant coach for a local collegiate summer team.
Josh Oakley, assistant coach of the 18U Kansas Curve, is a 2016 graduate of Eisenhower High School. After high school Josh signed to play at Tabor College for Coach Mark Standiford. Oakley is currently in his 3rd year at Tabor where he serves as a right handed pitcher. Josh has spent the previous two summers as head coach for a local 12U team. He will be entering his first year as part of the Kansas Curve coaching staff.
Jacob Compton, assistant coach of the 18U Kansas Curve, is a 2015 graduate of Goddard High School. After high school Jacob signed to pitch at Pratt Community College. He is currently in his senior campaign at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri where he serves as a top arm out of the bullpen. This will be Jacob's first year with the Curve coaching staff. He will assist with pitching and other game time decisions.
Vance Gorman, head coach of the Kansas Curve Collegiate team is from Osawatomie, KS class of 2010. After High School Gorman went on to play 2 years at Highland CC and 2 years at William Jewell College. Vance graduated from Highland with an associates degree in Criminal Justice, and a bachelors degree from William Jewell in Recreation Management. Coach Gorman spent the 2015 summer coaching the Osawatomie Legion team. 2016-2018 Gorman moved up to the collegiate ranks, joining the Highland CC coaching staff. He worked with catchers and assisted with hitting instruction, offensive strategy, and recruiting. In the fall of 2018 Gorman joined the Freed-Hardeman coaching staff as the GA. He coaches the outfielders, assists with hitting instruction and the strength and conditioning program. He is still working towards a Masters degree in Arts in Leadership.
Ben Weart, assistant coach of the Kansas Curve Collegiate team is from Charlotte, North Carolina. In high school he played for his dad where he was an All State, County, and Conference player. Ben went on to play collegiate baseball at University of North Carolina Charlotte where he majored in business. Weart began his coaching career in 2002 where he served as the assistant coach at Bethany College. He helped lead the team to a conference championship and a regional birth. In 2004 Ben took the assistant job at Friends University. He also helped lead the team to a conference title and a regional birth. Ben continued his coaching career after his college stints with another local organization, and at Valley Center High School. He most recently coached the Wichita Kings where he placed several players at the college level. Ben is married to his lovely wife Tracy and has 2 sons. Chanlder, a freshman at Tabor, and Cannon.