|Organization:||Johnson County Community College (KS)|
The 2016 season was Kent Shelley's 29th at the helm of the highly successful Johnson County Community College baseball program in Kansas. The winningest coach in JCCC history, he earned his 900th win in 2016 and finished the season with a 925-549-1 (.627) career record. He has led four teams to Eastern Sub-Regional championships and four squads to NJCAA Region VI titles.
Shelley's 2014 squad won a program-record 50 games, captured both the East Jayhawk Conference and Region VI titles, and qualified for the NJCAA JUCO World Series for the second time in his career and the program's history.
In 2015, Shelley nearly matched that win total, finishing 49-11 overall and ranked eighth in the final NJCAA poll. The season also produced a record 13 all-conference performers, and four All-Region VI selections, the most under Shelley.
In 2008 he led his team to the program's first JUCO World Series appearance. In 2010, his squad captured the KJCCC Eastern Division Conference championships, the first since 1984, and his Cavaliers earned a second conference title in 2012 and a third in 2014.
Successful seasons have never been unusual for Kent Shelley. In his 29 seasons as a college head coach, he has produced 18 teams that have surpassed at least 30 wins, and his teams have racked up at least 20 wins in 28 of his 29 years at the helm.
Shelley's players have also seen unbelievable success. Through 2015, he coached eight NJCAA All-Americans, two preseason NJCAA All-Americans, one NJCAA World Series All-Tournament selection, six USA Junior College All-Stars, 26 All-Region VI performers, 133 All-East Jayhawk Conference recipients and 33 NJCAA Academic Award Winners, including a record seven in 2010.
Through 2015, 40 of his former Cavalier players were drafted or signed as free agents by Major League teams since he took over the reigns in 1987.
While developing professional talent is impressive, Shelley is quick to point out the number of former players who have continued their playing and education at four-year universities and college. A total of 294 student-athletes under his direction have transferred to four-year institutions, 224 at the NCAA Division I or II level, through the 2015 season.
Shelley is also highly regarded by his coaching peers and his success at JCCC has earned him national recognition. In the summer of 1994, Shelley served as head coach for Team USA, a select NJCAA team from the United States that played host to a select team from Japan. The five-game series was played in Grand Junction, Colo., which is also the host site of the NJCAA World Series. In 1990, Shelley served as an assistant coach on the first NJCAA team to participate in international competition. The USA All-Stars from the NJCAA competed in the Friendship Games in Las Tunas, Cuba. He also has been selected as head coach of the Kansas Region VI Eastern Division All-Stars three times. Shelley also has the distinction of earning the first Louisville Slugger/Region VI coach of the year honor, after his team captured the Region VI title in 1993. In 2014, Shelley was named the East Jayhawk Conference Coach of the Year for the first time of his career.
Shelley has been active on both the national and international levels of junior college baseball. In 1997 at the ABCA Convention, he was selected as ABCA's Junior College Divisional Chair, representing Junior College on the ABCA Executive Committee. In addition, he served on the International Baseball Committee for the ABCA. He has also represented the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association on the NCAA Division I baseball rules committee.
In 2002, Shelley was elected 4th Vice President of the ABCA, following legend Charlie Greene of Miami-Dade Community College as just the second coach from the community college ranks to earn such an honor. He served as ABCA President in 2007 and continues to serve on the ABCA Board of Directors.
In addition to his coaching duties at JCCC, Shelley also serves as an associate scout for the Kansas City Royals.