One of the best center fielders in Blue Dragon baseball history, Jamel Cervantez is now in his sixth season as Hutchinson Community College’s outfielder and catchers coach.
A native of Topeka, Cervantez was the leadoff hitter and centerfielder for the 2010 Blue Dragon baseball team that won the Region VI championship and went to Grand Junction, Colorado, to finish third at the NJCAA World Series.
Cervantez returned to Hutchinson as an assistant coach after serving one season as a student assistant at the University of Cincinnati.
In his first five seasons on the Blue Dragon coaching staff, the Blue Dragons have posted 201 wins and won the 2014 and 2017 Jayhawk West championships. Over that span, The Blue Dragons have produced two National Players of the Year, four All-Americans, three national Gold Glove winners, two Jayhawk West MVPs, two Jayhawk West Pitchers of the Year and 31 all-conference players.
Cervantez was a three-year player for head coach Kyle Crookes from 2008 to 2010. Cervantez received a medical redshirt in 2009.
During that magical run in 2010, Cervantez was second on the team in batting at .351 with eight home runs, 20 extra-base hits with 58 runs scored and 37 RBIs from the leadoff spot. He had an on-base percentage of .343 and stole 33 of 44 bases that season as part of a school-record 181 team stolen bases.
Defensively, Cervantez had gap-to-gap speed in center field, routinely taking away extra-base hits by chasing balls down.
In the 2010 NJCAA World Series, Cervantez went 6 for 11 with two home runs, three stolen baseball, four runs and five RBIs. He was named to the All-Tournament team in 2010.
From Hutchinson, Cervantez went to Cincinnati. He was hitting .320 in 23 games before tearing his hamstring and ending his career.
Cervantez is a 2007 graduate of Topeka West High School. He graduated from Hutchinson Community College in 2012 with an Associate of Arts degree and graduated from Cincinnati in 2012.
He is the co-owner of two Lab/Great Pyrenees pups named Stella and Jax.