Baseball Coaches

  • Meet our 2017-18 baseball coaches!

Baseball Head Coach

 Rick Sabath

Phone: 913-780-7180

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Masters degree from the University of Kansas

Rick Sabath

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.

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 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

 Derek Leppert

Phone: 913-780-7181

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Derek Leppert

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.

 

Assistant Varsity Coach Michael Jacobs

 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 will be joining Olathe West High School from St. Thomas Aquinas where he served as an assistant baseball coach for the past seven years. This will be Michael’s first year teaching after completing the graduate certification program at Avila University in December 2016. Prior to Avila, Michael worked in the commercial loan servicing industry for three years. Michael graduated with a BA in finance from the University of Iowa in 2010. He also played collegiate baseball at Iowa from 2007-2010. Michael is very much looking forward to joining and making a positive impact in the Olathe West community!