Baseball Coaches

Head Coach
Mike Warren  - Barton baseball head coach

Mike Warren

Contact Information

Phone: (620) 793-9373

Mike Warren enters his 29th year as head baseball coach at Barton Community College. Through 28 seasons at Barton, Warren has accumulated an overall record of 857-571. He has a career mark of 954-681. His teams have won five Jayhawk Conference Western Division championships and two Western Sub-Regional championships.

Over the past few summers, Warren has seen four of his former players find their way into Major League Baseball as Nate Field (breaking in with the Kansas City Royals), David Sanders (Chicago White Sox), Jason Stanford (Cleveland Indians), and Steve Edlefsen (San Francisco Giants) were all called up. On the heels of that came 3 Cougars selected in the 1st 8 rounds of the 2006 MLB Draft. Chad Lee (P, 4th round, Oakland A's), Jeff Christy (C, 6th, Minnesota Twins), and Nate Hedrick (P, 8th, New York Mets) were selected. Most recently, Steve Edlefson has worked his way up to Major League Baseball

Barton won the Western Sub-Regional championship in 1996, compiling a 38-16 record. Afterward, Warren was named Western Conference Coach of the Year. The team also won the Sub-Regional title in 1987. Under Warren’s direction, the Cougars have racked up 20 or more wins each of his 26 seasons, surpassing the 30-win mark on 13 occasions. He led Barton to a school record 44 wins in 2002 and the average number of victories for a Barton team through that time span is 32 wins a season.

In 1993, Warren served as the NJCAA All-Star pitching coach in Mexico, helping to guide the USA All-Stars to third place in the Tournament of Americans. At the time, it was USA’s best finish ever in the international tourney. The NJCAA All-Stars were victorious over El Salvador, Antiles, Argentina, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. USA gave 1992 Olympic-champion Cuba all it could handle before losing 5-3, and lost an 8-6 contest against second-place Mexico.

Active among Region VI coaches, Warren was the first president of the Jayhawk Conference Baseball Coaches Association 14 years ago. He initiated the development of the Region VI East/West All-Star Game, which takes place each fall. The All-Star Game is a weekend event which provides national exposure for sophomores who compete in the presence of university and professional scouts.

A 1977 graduate of Emporia State University with a degree in business administration, Warren was a four-year letterman for the Hornets and helped lead his team to third place in the NAIA World Series in 1976. In his senior season, Emporia finished the season ranked second in the nation. Warren was awarded All-America Second Team, All-America Honorable Mention, and All-Area III honors through his final two seasons. He was also an All-District 10 player for three years.

Assistant Coaches

Brent Biggs - Barton baseball assistant coach

Brent Biggs  

Contact Information

Phone:  (620) 792-9262

Brent Biggs returns for his 5th year with Barton where he started his collegiate career. Biggs played for the Cougars in 2005 and 2006 and came back to Barton as an assistant for the 2008-09 season.

Biggs was a 1st team all Jayhawk West selection his sophomore year at Barton as a 2nd baseman. That season he hit .300 as well as fielded .958. His freshman season, Biggs was an honorable mention selection to the All West team. That season he hit .335 fielded .962 for the season. During his 2 seasons at Barton, Biggs started 105 of 108 games.

From there he went on to Fort Hays State, where he again was recognized by the conference for his play. His senior season he led the Tigers in runs scored with 58 as well as posting a .975 fielding percentage as he was named honorable mention All MIAA.

Biggs also played summer baseball, helping the Park City Cowboys to a 7th place finish in the NBC World Series during his collegiate playing days. He also earned a Rawlings Gold Glove for his play at 2nd base with the Bellingham Bells of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League.

Prior to returning to Barton, Biggs helped the Rochester Honkers of the Northwoods League coaching the hitting and infield where he produced 3 infielders to the NWL All-Star Team in the summer of 2008.

Roger Ward - Barton baseball assistant coach

Roger Ward

Contact Information

Phone:  (620) 792-9262

Roger Ward returns where he began his collegiate career, and previously coached.

Ward played for the Cougars in 1990 and 1991 earning 1st team All-Jayhawk West and 1st team Region VI honors during his Sophomore campaign at Barton as a Shortstop.  That season Ward hit .395 while breaking school records in Hits, Runs, and At-Bats.  He also was the team leader in HR’s with 8.  His Freshman season he was an Honorable Mention selection to the All-West team.

From Barton he moved on to the University of Kentucky.  Ward was a table setter at the top of the line-up for a Wildcats team that broke the school record in Winning Streak, and reached as high as #7 in the National Polls.

Ward also played summer baseball, helping the Liberal BeeJay’s to a Jayhawk League title, and a 2nd place finish in the NBC World Series in 1992.  He also played for the Hays Larks of the Jayhawk League in 1991, finishing 3rd.  Ward helped that club break several team offensive records from his lead-off spot.

AJ Gilbert - Barton baseball assistant coach

AJ Gilbert

Brandon Hoefler - Barton baseball assistant coach

Brandon Hoefler

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