BEAU SCHULTZ, HEAD COACH
Beau Schultz enters his second season as the head coach of the ICC Pirate baseball program.
Schultz, a 2000 graduate of Independence High School, came to ICC after spending three seasons from 2008-11 as a full-time assistant coach at Pittsburg State University. He was the first full-time assistant ever in the history of the Gorilla program.
His first coaching duties came during the 2005-06 school year when he served as the assistant baseball coach at Pittsburg High School, where he was also the Behavior Disorder Teacher through the Special Education program. After that, he became a Special Education Teacher in Carl Junction (Mo.), where he was the head freshman and assistant varsity coach for baseball from 2006-08. During that same span, he was also a volunteer assistant coach at Pittsburg State University.
Prior to the start of his coaching career, Schultz had a successful baseball playing career, starting at Independence High School, where he was a three-time All-Southeast Kansas League performer for the Bulldogs from 1998-2000.
After suffering an injury, he was medical redshirted at Cowley County Community College before playing as a redshirt freshman for the Tigers in 2001-02. Both years, the Tigers advanced to Grand Junction, Colo., to compete in the NJCAA World Series. Cowley placed third in 2001.
Schultz went on to finish his college career at NCAA Division II Pittsburg State University, where he was named All-MIAA catcher for three years. That included a big 2005 season that included First Team All-Conference, First Team All-Region and Honorable Mention All-American.
Schultz has been married three years to his wife Kelly. They reside in Independence with their son Bryor (3) and daughter Taylie McKlintic (8).
SHAWN JOY, ASSISTANT COACH
Shawn Joy enters his second season with the ICC Pirate baseball program. Joy came to ICC after spending the 2010-2011 season as a volunteer assistant with the Cloud County Community College baseball program and the spring of 2010 as a volunteer assistant with the Jefferson West High School baseball program in Meriden. He was an intern with the Southern Illinois University baseball program in Carbondale, Ill. in the fall of 2009 and has been providing private pitching lessons through Ken Berry Hit-Away since 2008. Prior to the start of his coaching career, Joy had a successful baseball playing career. After playing at Topeka West High School, he was a two-year starting pitcher at Cloud County Community College from 2004-2006 and named a team captain in his sophomore year. He played the summer of 2006 for the Harrisonburg (Va.) Turks in the Valley Baseball League, after which he finished his college career at NCAA Division 1 Southern Illinois University. A two-year starter for the Salukis from 2006-2008, Joy threw a shutout against #5 Wichita State University and was named Honorable Mention All Missouri Valley Conference in his senior year. After finishing his senior season at SIU, Joy was signed as a free agent by the New York Yankees organization and played one season for the Gulf Coast League Yankees in Tampa, Fla. He then played three years of independent league baseball in the Frontier League – one season with the Beach Bums in Traverse City, Mich. and two seasons with the Southern Illinois Miners in Marion, Ill. A 2009 graduate of Southern Illinois University, Joy resides in Independence and is a proud uncle to his niece Elizabeth (5 months).