Olathe West Baseball

Coaches

Head Coach

 Rick Sabath

Phone: 913-780-7180

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Masters degree from the University of Kansas

Rick Sabath

Rick Sabath is the head coach at Olathe West as it starts its third year of Varsity competition. 

Rick Sabath has been the head baseball coach at Blue Valley Southwest High School since its inception in 2010. In the school's short history, Southwest baseball won regional championships and made it to the state tournament in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2014, Blue Valley Southwest lost the state championship game, but followed that up by winning the 5A state championship in 2015, and made the state tournament again in 2017. 

Prior to Blue Valley Southwest, Coach Sabath coached 14 years at the college level including stops at the University of Kansas as an assistant coach and head coach at Fort Hays State University. He was also an assistant at Hutchinson CC and head coach at Cloud County CC and Garden City CC. Coach Sabath was part of seven championship seasons during that time.

Coach Sabath played at Barton County Community College and Fort Hays State University.

Assistant Varsity Coach

 Derek Leppert

Phone: 913-780-7181

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Derek Leppert

Derek Leppert is an assistant coach at Olathe West as it enters its third year of Varsity competition. 

Coach Derek Leppert was an assistant coach with the BVSW program from 2013-2017 under Head Coach Sabath.

Before joining the BVSW staff, Derek was an assistant baseball coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University (2011 and 2003-2006). While at MNU the Pioneers placed 2nd in the HAAC Tournament and were recognized as the NAIA Champions of Character.

In between his two MNU coaching stints, Coach Leppert was the head baseball coach at Friends University in Wichita, KS (2007-2010) where he set a school record for wins, qualified for regionals in 2008, finished 2nd in the conference and placed 3rd in the KCAC Tournament (2009).

At MNU Derek coached 8 NAIA Academic All Americans, 5 1st Team All-Conference players and 1 Gold Glove winner. At Friends, Derek coached 2 all conference pitchers and 4 Academic All Americans. Derek has had 3 players sign professional contracts including one drafted by the Kansas City Royals.

Coach Leppert was the recent recipient of the 2019 American Baseball Coaches Association Assistant High School Coach of the year. 

 

Assistant Varsity Coach

 Michael Jacobs

Phone: 913-780-7180

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa, teaching certification from Avila University

Michael Jacobs

Michael Jacobs is an assistant coach at Olathe West as it enters its third year of Varsity competition. 

Prior to joining the Olathe West coaching staff, Michael Jacobs served as an assistant baseball coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School from 2011-2017. While at Aquinas, Michael held a variety of different roles but primarily worked with the pitching staff. He helped coach Aquinas teams to 5A state titles in 2014 and then again in 2016.

Michael graduated with a BA in finance from the University of Iowa in 2010. He also played collegiate baseball at Iowa from 2007-2010.