Sean Jarvis is the new baseball coach.

Eudora High School has a new man at the helm of the baseball program.

Sean Jarvis, a 39-year-old from Olathe, has been coaching since college. 

Some of Jarvis’ coaching experiences include summer Legion ball at Olathe East, short stints at Blue Valley Northwest and the Natural Baseball Academy, and starting his own summer team. For the past 10 years, Jarvis served as an assistant for Olathe East. 

Now, he finds himself in his first head coaching gig at Eudora. 

“He was highly recommended by some folks we reached out to,” Athletic Director Cara Kimberlin said. “Personality wise, I felt like he had the right fit for where our program’s at. He and I have been in a lot of conversations back and forth since his hire. Spring can’t get here fast enough for him.” 

Kimberlin said in those conversations with Jarvis, he has stressed the need to build the program's numbers. 

With high school pitch count rules, building depth will be important. Traditionally, Eudora has enough kids to play JV and varsity games at the same time, but Kimberlin said they would still like to have more depth. 

Jarvis will be under contract for one season, which is standard for high school coaches at Eudora. His contract can be renewed at the end of the year. 

Jarvis said his best quality as a coach is being able to relate to players since he is a former player at Allen County Community College and William Jewell College. Jarvis was mainly a second baseman and third baseman during his playing days. 

Grand scheme, Jarvis envisions great things for the Eudora program. 

“I wouldn’t take [the job] if I didn’t think we could win state titles,” Jarvis said. “I kind of enjoy the idea of the small town feel and the community and how everyone kind of roots for each other. I wanted to be a part of that, hopefully help these young guys grow up to be quality young men and figure out what they want to do and how to handle their lives.” 

Senior outfielder Trenton Long, who considers himself a leader on the team because of his three years of varsity experience, has met Jarvis a couple of times.  He said Jarvis’ first impression was very good. 

“He’s going to bring a lot of energy that has maybe lacked in the past,” Long said. “There’s a lot of excitement coming with him. So, he’s going to build a good program for us.”

The first day of practice for Eudora will be Feb. 28. Kimberlin said they will practice for about two weeks and then have spring break. Games will start the week of March 21. 

“Anytime you get a new look, when somebody starts as a head coach, they bring something different to the program,” Kimberlin said. “One of the big things with him is he’s been waiting a long time for a head coaching position. That energy and drive he’s got just because he’s said more than once this is something he’s been planning for for 10 years. Spring can’t get here fast enough as far as he’s concerned.” 

Reach reporter Sam Lance at eudoratimes@gmail.com

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