A member of the 2010 Blue Dragon baseball team that finished third at the NJCAA World Series, Toby Cornejo returns to Hutchinson as the infielders coach for his third season.
Cornejo returned to Hutchinson before the 2016-17 school year after one year as an assistant coach at Coffeyville Community College and two seasons as the head coach at Next Level Baseball Academy.
A native of LaCygne, Kansas, Cornejo started his collegiate playing career at Hutchinson as a valuable back-up middle infielder. He made three key postseason starts, including one in the World Series. Cornejo went on a month-long magic carpet ride that produced comeback win after comeback win. Hutch won its first Region VI championship in five years and finished third at the NJCAA World Series.
Injuries kept Cornejo out of the lineup in 2011, but he returned in 2012 as a starting second baseman on HCC’s 2012 Jayhawk West championship team. Hitting .397 with 39 runs and 15 stolen bases, Cornejo was the an All-Jayhawk West first-team selection.
Cornejo transferred to Northwestern State in Nacogdoches, Louisiana, for the 2013 season where he started in 53 of 56 games. One year later, Cornejo returned to Kansas. He played for Emporia State in 2014 where he earned all-MIAA honors as a shortstop. The Hornets were MIAA Tournament champions and NCAA Division II Midwest Regional runner-up.
In his two seasons as head coach at Next Level Baseball Academy, Cornejo produced back-to-back Sunflower state championships and a record of 106-17.
Cornejo graduated from Hutchinson Community College in 2012 with an Associate of Arts Degree and from Emporia State in 2014 with a degree in history.