McPHERSON – Central Christian College Athletic Director, Twiggs Reed, announced this week that current head baseball coach, Derk Kremer, who has been with the Tiger baseball program the past six seasons, will be stepping down at the end of this season.

Kremer cited his upcoming marriage to fiancé Christina Ludwick, former Tiger volleyball coach, and current head volleyball coach at Mid America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, as the reason for his leaving the Tiger baseball program.

Kremer joined the Tigers in during the 2012-13 school year as an assistant coach under first year head coach Justin Cunningham. When Cunningham left the program in 2014, Kremer was promoted to the head coaching position. He has led the program the past four seasons as the skipper where his greatest impact has been in the development of a strong culture of character and discipline.

A couple of weeks ago, a woman from Muskogee, Oklahoma posted on one of the Tigers’ social media outlets that after a tough weekend series in which the Tigers lost three times to the Bacone College Warriors, the team was eating dinner in Muskogee, and outside the restaurant they were eating at, a car stalled in the middle of a busy street. The Tigers, to a man, all got up and left the restaurant and went out and helped the stranded motorist get her vehicle out of the middle of the street.

This is just one example of the impact that coach Kremer and his staff have had on the character of the Tiger baseball program. Central Christian Athletics Director, Twiggs Reed, commented on Kremer’s tenure with the Tigers saying, “I am so grateful for the six years that Derk “DA” Kremer has served as our baseball coach at Central Christian College. He has lead with integrity and a high moral standard, and has had a tremendous impact on not only the baseball team but our entire school. I pray that the Lord would bless DA and Christina as they start their new married life together in the KC area.”

Coach Kremer’s replacement has already been hired for next year, and will be announced in a separate press release next week.