Central Christian College has announced the hiring of Derk Kremer as its head baseball coach for the 2014-15 season.
Kremer replaces Justin Cunningham, who coached the team the past two seasons and recently resigned to take a job in Dallas. Kremer has been a part of Cunningham’s staff the past two years as the head assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
“Coach Kremer was the logical choice to be the next head baseball coach here at Central,” CCC Athletic Director Chad Kerr said. “We hate to see coach Cunningham go, but Derk was also instrumental in the growth and improvement of the program while working side-by-side with Justin. A testament to the direction of the college, the baseball program and athletics department as a whole was that we had a lot of very qualified candidates reach out to me wanting to be the next coach, but at the end of the day Derk was the best choice.”
Kremer is a native of Sand Springs, Okla. Baseball has been part of his life at every level. He played high school baseball at Charles Page High School (Sand Springs) and went to play at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (Miami, Okla.) and then to Harding University (Searcy, Ark.). While attending and playing at Harding University, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Management.
Prior to being named the head coach for the Tiger baseball program, Kremer was an assistant coach for the Tigers for two years. He started his college coaching career at Oklahoma Wesleyan University (Bartlesville). While at OKWU, the Eagles were the 2012 NCCAA runner-up.
"I am very excited about taking over the baseball program here at Central,” Kremer said. “I am looking forward to continuing to build on the foundation we have built the last couple of years."
Kremer already has begun to actively work to retain as many of the current team members as possible, and continues to seek out recruits for next season.