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Fall 2016 Baseball Roster


Dave Garcia
Head Coach
  • Office: P118 
  • Telephone: 217/351-2297
  • Email:
IIn his fourth year as a head coach at the college level, Garcia brings 8 years of professional baseball experience to the Parkland Baseball staff.  He spent five seasons with the River City Rascals and was the bench coach for the 2010 team that won the Frontier League championship. In 2011 the Rascals tied the Frontier League record for wins (68) during the regular season before falling to the Slammers in the Frontier League Championship Series. Thirteen of the players Garcia has coached have been signed to affiliated baseball. Coach Garcia spent the last four years as the hitting coach of the Joliet Slammers and the Normal Cornbelters.

Garcia was awarded the 2016 MWAC, Region, and District 24 Coach of the Year after guiding the Cobras to their 7th NJCAA World Series Appearance.  The 2016 Cobras went 45-16 winning the MWAC and the Region 24 Tournament.   
As a player, Coach Garcia played at Parkland College from 1998-2000.  In the fall of 1999, Garcia signed to play at Northern Illinois University.  Following his senior season he signed a professional contract to play in the Frontier League for the Rockford Riverhawks. 

Coach Garcia has been happily married to his wife Jen since 2004.  They have two daughters McKenna (9) and Macie (5).  Coach Garcia’s family resides in Mahomet. 
Andrew Cotner
Assistant Coach
  • Office: P118 
  • Telephone: 217/351-2297
Coach Cotner is in his second year on the Parkland staff.  Cotner’s experience and passion for the game was felt immediately by the 2016 team.  Cotner worked primarily with the OF and assisted in hitting. A product of Champaign Centennial High School. Cotner went on to play for Parkland as a LHP and an outfielder in 1988.  He continued his playing career at Brevard College in Melbourne, FL. and at Illinois State University.  He was drafted and signed by the New York Mets after his Junior year and spent 3+ years in the Mets organization until suffering a career ending injury.
Following his playing career, Cotner returned to C-U and served as a volunteer assistant at the University of Illinois while pursuing his Master's.  While at Illinois, he worked with 8 future professional players including 3 Major Leaguers. Upon graduation, he worked as an assistant to Hall of Famer Frank Robinson in the MLB Arizona Fall League and then in Baseball Operations for the Houston Astros. During his time with the Astros he served as an assistant video coordinator for the Major League team and as an Area Scout.  As a scout in Southern Califronia and Arizona, Cotner signed future big leaguer Brooks Conrad out of ASU. 
Cotner received his BS degree from Illinois State and his Master's in Sports Management from the University of Illinois. He has spent the last three years as a private instructor as well as Head Coach of Mizuno Illinois and the Illinois Baseball Club Dirtbags 16-18U teams.  He is single and lives in Champaign.
Jon Goebel
Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator 
• Office: P118 
• Telephone: 217/351-2297
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Coach Goebel returns for his fourth year as a Parkland assistant and third year as pitching coach. Last season the Parkland pitching staff led all of NJCAA in ERA, strikeouts, per 9 innings, batting average against, walk to strikeout ration, and finished second in total strikeouts. Parkland produced three D1 scholarship athletes (B10, SEC A10) in 2016 including its first ever SEC commit. Two pitchers received ALL MWAC honors, one received All-American honors, as well as, freshman of the year and conference pitcher of the year (was also drafted by the Oakland Athletics). In 2015 the Parkland pitching staff led the MWAC in strikeouts per 9, hits per 9, walks per 9, and was 2nd in team ERA at 3.14. In 2010 Coach Goebel worked primarily with the outfielders while assisting with the pitchers. The 2010 Parkland Cobras had 2 pitchers and an outfielder drafted and play in the big leagues.

As a player Coach Goebel played junior college ball at St. Louis Community College where he participated in the NJCAA World Series in 2006. After junior college Goebel played for the Bradley Braves in Peoria, IL where he received his Bachelor’s Degree.

Goebel now resides in Champaign, IL with his wife Kendall, and his daughters, Blakelee and Aubree.

Sam Judah
Hitting Coach
Assistant Coach (Hitting)
  • Office: P118
  • Telephone: 217/351-2297
  • Email:

Sam Judah joins the Parkland College Baseball Team for the 2016-2017 season from Auburn University at Montgomery where
he was the volunteer coach for three seasons.

Judah enjoyed two standout seasons at AUM, following two seasons at Central Alabama Community College. During his time at AUM, the Ozark, Ala., native appeared in 109 games, posting a .379 batting average, 32 doubles, 13 homers and 92 runs batted in. He also scored 71 runs. On the mound, he made 28 appearances for the Warhawks. He tossed 36 1/3 innings and recording 14 saves, including 11 as a senior, a mark which is tied for the third-best season total in school history. He struck out 45, while walking only 11.

Following his collegiate career, Judah has played professionally for Lake County Fielders of the North American League, the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association of Independent Baseball and the Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League. Last season with the Cornbelters, Judah was a Frontier League All Star and was a three-time league player of the week. He was third on the team with a .307 batting average, while finishing with 13 home runs, 27 doubles and 82 RBIs. Sam is the single season RBI record holder for the Cornbelters with 82. 

After retiring in 2016, Judah returned to Normal and joined the Cornbelters Coaching Staff as the Hitting Coach.

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