Jacob Baca, President/Treasurer, Curve 18u Purple head coach and Curve College GM, is a graduate of Goddard High School, class of 2012. While at Goddard he was a 3 year starter on varsity, earning 1st team all league catcher honors his senior season. He helped Goddard earn a 4th place finish at 5A state in 2012. After High School, Baca took his baseball career to Newman University, where he played for Coach Zane Ehling. Jacob began his coaching career in 2015 as an assistant varsity/head JV coach at Wichita West High School. After a short stint he found his way to Andover High School where he spent three years from 2016-2018 as the head JV/C team/assistant varsity coach. The 2019 season was spent at Circle High School as the head JV coach. Beginning in 2020 Jacob took the assistant varsity job at Wichita North High School where he stayed for 3 years. Jacob's goal is to have an impact on the young men in the organization the same way his coaches did for him growing up. He also takes pride in preparing them for life on and off the baseball field. Jacob is currently in his 8th year of coaching and enters his first year as assistant coach at Wichita East. Jacob also works as a para at L.W. Brooks Magnet Middle School. Jacob and his fiancé Kaylee reside in Wichita, KS.
Matthew Baca, Secretary of the Kansas Curve, and hitting instructor for the organization, is a graduate of Goddard High School, class of 2015. While at Goddard he was a 3 year starter on varsity. He earned honorable mention SS honors his sophomore season, 2nd team all league utility his junior year, and 1st team all league utility his senior season. After high school Matt signed to Barton County Community College to continue his athletic and academic career. Matt spent two years at Barton from 2015-2017 where he played 3B for Coach Brent Biggs. While at Barton the Cougars advanced to the Region 6 tournament in Wichita during his sophomore season. Baseball was an option for Matt after Barton but he decided to pursue his degree. Matt graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelors degree in Human and Health Performance. Matt currently works for Blue Beacon Truck Washing Company as a Senior Supervisor and resides in Emporia, KS.
Noah Booth, pitching coach for the Kansas Curve 18u Purple, and organization pitching coach, is a 2002 graduate of Westmoore High School and a 2007 graduate of Wichita State University. At Westmoore, Noah earned the honors of All State First Baseman and All State Pitcher during his senior year. While at Wichita State, Noah was injured the summer after his freshman year which required Tommy John surgery and forced him to redshirt for the 2004 season. Noah persevered and was able to fully recover, assisting the Shockers to post season play each year, which culminated in a 2007 NCAA Super Regional appearance. Noah set the records at Wichita State for lowest ERA (2.06) and most career appearances (115), as well as most combined shutouts (10), records he still holds to this day. After graduating in 2007, Noah signed with the Tampa Bay Rays and played one season with the Hudson Valley Renegades. Noah has a passion for the game and the ability to instruct young pitchers to perform to their fullest potential while avoiding injury. He has a history of assistant coaching at Little River High School and Trinity Academy, as well as giving private pitching lessons. He is very excited to be a part of the Kansas Curve organization. Noah enters year 2 as a member of the Kansas Curve Organization. He and his wife, Ginny Stephenson, live in Andover and have a blended family with four amazing children and two incredible dogs!
Jacob Compton, assistant coach of the Kansas Curve Collegiate team and Pitching Instructor for the organization, is a 2015 graduate of Goddard High School. While at Goddard Jacob was a three year starter on varsity. He earned honorable mention 1st base and 2nd team all league pitching honors his senior year. After high school Jacob signed to pitch at Pratt Community College for Coach Eric Thompson. Jacob spent 2 years at Pratt from 2015-2017. His freshman year at Pratt the Beavers made the first round of the Region 6 tournament. They fell short in the 3 game series with Neosho. After his 2 years at Pratt he signed to William Jewell college where he served as a RHP out of the bullpen. Jacob graduated from William Jewell College in May of 2019 with a Bachelors in Business Administration. Jacob spent 1 year on the Pratt CC coaching staff during the 2019-2020 school year. He now lives in Wichita where he works for Textron Aviation as a compensation analyst.
Emilio Escamilla, head coach of the Kansas Curve Collegiate team is a 2015 graduate from Wichita North High School. While at North he was a 4 year starter on varsity. Emilio earned 2nd team all city catcher his junior year and 2nd team all city DH his senior year. After High school Emilio went on to play college baseball at Cloud County Community College where he played 1 year for the T-Brids under Coach Greg Brummet. After Cloud County, Emilio transferred to Friends University where he played his remaining 3 years for coach Adam Neisius. He was part of the Friends University team that went on to play in the national tournament in 2017. During his summers, Emilio worked for the a local Wichita baseball academy until his graduation. Emilio graduated from Friends University in 2019 with a degree in professional mathematics. He is currently pursuing his masters degree in mathematics/ analytics from Wichita State University. He also works there as a GTA. This fall Emilio started his internship with the Wichita State baseball data and analytics department. Emilio will be entering his 4th year as head man for the Curve collegiate team.
Dylan Powell, pitching coach of the Kansas Curve Collegiate team, is a 2016 graduate of Belle Plaine High School. While at Belle Plaine he was a 4 year varsity starter earning Central Plains first team all league honors sophomore through senior year. Dylan committed to State Fair Community College to play baseball where he played his freshman year. After one season at State Fair Powell transferred to Friends University where he was a member of the 2017 team that made it to the national tournament. Dylan finished off his baseball career at Central Christian College of Kansas. Dylan graduated from Central Christian in 2020 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. He is a Driveline Certified pitching coach who has been training pitchers and coaching high school summer baseball for 4 years. Dylan spent 1 year on Stephen McNett's staff at Central Christian College in McPherson, KS. Powell enters his second year as the assistant coach for the Curve collegiate squad. Powell is currently the GA at Central Methodist University and resides in Fayette, MO.
Colt Gniech, pitching coach for Curve 18u Purple, is a 2019 graduate of Tulsa Union High School. While in high school Colt earned 1st team all league honors his senior year and helped his team win a state championship in 2018. After high school Colt played baseball for 2 years at Pratt Community College for Eric Thompson and Todd Reller. Colt was a member of our 2021 and 2022 collegiate summer teams. He is now currently playing baseball at Central Christian College for Stephen McNett. Colt plans to graduate with his Bachelors degree in Education.
Aaron Shellenberger, head coach of Curve 18U Orange, is a 2020 graduate of Andover Central High School. At Andover Central, Aaron was a utility fielder and pitcher. Unfortunately, his junior season was cut short due to injury and his senior season was canceled due to Covid. After high school, Aaron went on to play at Tabor College for Mark Standiford. Aaron is currently a Junior at Tabor and is now playing outfield. At Tabor, Aaron is triple majoring in sports management, sports information director, and coaching. Aaron has plans to get his master’s degree in business while working as a graduate assistant baseball coach. During his junior year in college, Aaron was selected to represent Tabor as the male student-athlete representative for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Leadership Team (KCAC SALT). Aaron started as an assistant coach for a local organization in the summer of 2021. When not at college, Aaron resides in Andover, KS. Aaron enters year number 1 with the Curve organization.
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