Wichita State pitching coach to be inducted into Kansas Sports Hall of Fame


Courtesy of the Wichita Eagle

Assistant Coach Brent Kemnitz shouts instructions to pitchers warming up in the bullpen May 21, 2016.

Brent Kemnitz will be inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2023 next fall. The announcement came on Monday, June 12. 

The former Wichita State baseball pitching coach has served in his role for nearly four decades. In 1982, his team established a NCAA record with 46 complete games in one season. 

His teams have made seven College World Series appearances and won the 1989 National Championship. 

Kemnitz was named one of the top three pitching coaches in the country in a poll done by College Baseball Insider in 2011. 

In his 38 years, Kemnitz coached 17 professional players, 21 All-Americans and 20 freshman All-Americans. 

Before serving as a coach for the Shockers, Kemnitz had a 21-7 record at Phillips University as an assistant in his home state of Oklahoma. 

Before his induction this year, Kemnitz was previously inducted into five different halls of fame. 

He was inducted into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003, the Perry High School Hall of Fame in his hometown of Perry, Oklahoma, in 2016, Wichita Sports Hall of Fame in 2017 and Pizza Hut Shocker Sports Hall of Fame in 2022. 

Kemnitz now serves as the assistant athletic director for outreach and staff development for WSU Athletics, where he has been for five years.