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Spring 2017 Baseball Roster

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David Garcia
Head Coach
  • Office: P118 
  • Telephone: 217/351-2297
  • Email: dgarsh22@aol.com
 
Will begin his 5th year as a head coach at the college level, leading the Cobras to the World Series in both 2016 and 2017 with a 3rd place finish last season.  Garcia brings nine 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 and 2017 MWAC, Region, and District 24 Coach of the Year after guiding the Cobras to their 8th NJCAA World Series Appearance.  The 2016 Cobras went 45-16 winning the MWAC and the Region 24 Tournament while the 2017 team finished 52-9-1.
 
As a player, Coach Garcia played at Parkland College from 1998-2000 for current Cobra AD Rod Lovett.   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 (10) and Macie (6).  Coach Garcia’s family resides in Mahomet. 
 
 
Jon Goebel
Pitching Coach/Recruiting Coordinator 
• Office: P118 
• Telephone: 217/351-2297
• Email: jgoebel@parkland.edu

Coach Goebel returns for his 5th year as a Parkland assistant and fourth 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.

 
 
Andrew Cotner
Assistant Coach
  • Office: P118 
  • Telephone: 217/351-2297
  • Email: andrew.cotner@yahoo.com
 
Coach Cotner is in his third 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.
 
 
 Chad Gendron
Baseball Operations
• Office: P118
• Telephone: 314/805/4998
• Email: cgendron@parkland.edu
 
Chad is in his first year with the Cobras. He has a focus in pitching, supplemented by assisting in creating the throwing program for his previous school Murray State University. Gendron spent three years at Heartland Community College where he went to the NJCAA World Series in 2012, and 2013. After junior college Gendron went on to Murray State University where he tied the single season saves record.  He now pitches for the Cornbelters in Bloomington, IL. 
 
During his time in college, Chad managed to accrue a bachelors degree in Sociology, and Business Administration. As well as a minor in Sports Communications. He has spent the last four years as a pitching coach for the St. Louis Recruits for the clubs 14-17U teams. 
 
 
Rich Hyde
 Assistant Coach
 
Doug Earl
 Assistant Coach
 
Dave Lingle
Assistant Coach
 
Jeff Lavin
Assistant Coach
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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