UCM alum Lauren Curtis enters her fourth season as an assistant coach at Central Missouri in 2014. She comes to Central Missouri after serving four seasons as the head coach at Eastern New Mexico, where she coached 10 all-Lone Star Conference players and one all-region player. Over the last three seasons she graduated 100 percent of her seniors.
Prior to her post at ENMU, Curtis was the head coach at Fort Scott Community College for three seasons. She was the Jayhawk East Conference Coach of the Year in 2008 and in 2009 she led her team to a 36-23 overall record and a second place finish in the Division II District D tournament. They finished one game shy of qualifying for the National Tournament. That season she coached two NFCA All-Americans and seven NJCAA Academic All-Americans.
Curtis was a graduate assistant at Northwest Missouri from 2004-06 under Anderson, helping lead the Bearcats to a 34-26 record in 2005 and a school-record 40 wins in 2006. She graduated with a master’s degree in Health and Physical Education from NWMSU in 2006.
She graduated from UCM in May of 2003 with a degree in psychology after a four-year career with Jennies Softball. An outfielder for the Jennies, Curtis ranks 10th all-time at UCM in games played with 199.
She is married to Justin Curtis. The two currently reside in Warrensburg with their son, Brock, born in July, 2016.
Graduate Assistant Softball Coach
Phillip Gomez is entering his second season as a graduate assistant at Central Missouri.
Prior to his arrival at Central, Gomez spent the past summer in Chicago working for the Chicago Bandits Professional Softball team where he worked game time promotions, ticket sales, and game day operations.
In addition to working with the Chicago based professional team, he also served as an assistant coach for the Beverly Bandits 16u which comprised of 15 Division 1 committed players from across the Midwest. The club team would go on to win the prestigious Boulder Independence Day Invitational as well as participate in the Premier Girls Fastpitch Nationals.
Gomez also spent two season as the student assistant at his alma mater, Eastern New Mexico University, under current Central Missouri Assistant Head Coach Lauren Sigwing. During the summers, he spent his time with the Minors Gold organization out of Southern California.
The Riverside, California native received his bachelor's degree from Eastern New Mexico University in sports communication and is pursuing his masters degree in sports management at UCM.
Ali Jo Rogers
Student Assistant Softball Coach
Ali Jo Rogers joins the UCM coaching staff in 2016 after a stellar four-year career with the Jennies. Rogers name is etched in history and she finished her career as the most prolific base-stealer in Jennies history.
Rogers became the first Jennie to ever steal 100 career bases, swiping 129 over four years. She set the single-season record with 49 in 2015. Rogers also became the Jennies all-time leader in runs scored, crossing the plate 157 times.
For her career, Rogers hit .297 with 192 hits, 13 home runs and 74 RBI. her 192 hits place her ninth all-time.
Rogers did more than just hit and run, she became the first Jennie to ever win the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year award, doing so at shortstop in her senior season. Her 398 assists in the field leave her fifth on the all-time list.
Volunteer Assistant Softball Coach
Terry Cunconan is in his first year as a volunteer assistant coach at UCM. Terry has spent the last four years as a competitive head coach in the Originals Fastpitch organization based out of Kansas City, coaching the Originals-CK at the 14A and 16 Gold levels. With the Originals he had 226-71 record and led his teams to over 20 tourney championships. In 2016, his team finished as USA/ASA National Runner Up at the16 Gold level. Additionally in 2016, his team won the 48 Team Tulsa Elite College Showcase Invite and finished third in National World Fastpitch Championships. In 2015, his Originals-CK 14A team won the National Top Gun Invitational. His teams qualified all four years for USA/ASA Nationals competition.
Terry is in his 17th year as a member of the UCM faculty. He is a Professor in Communication. He served as Chair of the Department of Communication for five years. His teaching, research, and consulting practices are focused in the areas of applied communication including corporate communication, communication audits & training, and survey research. He is also a Dale Carnegie trainer.