Alan Sumner is set to begin his 29th season as the head baseball coach in 2017. During his career, which is the longest in Geneva College history, he has reached some significant milestones like becoming the only Geneva coach in any sport to reach 600 victories. With an overall record of 601-563-4, Sumner has won more games as a Geneva coach than any other in any sport.
Sumner began his Geneva career as a student-athlete. He still holds the school record for 183 consecutive games played. After graduation, Sumner became an assistant coach with the Golden Tornadoes prior to taking over as the head coach for one season in 1988 before taking over the reins for good in 1990.
During his tenure, Sumner has led Geneva to a pair of NAIA World Series appearances and numerous trips to the NCCAA nationals.
“We have built something very special at Geneva College,” said Sumner. “We have a great group of guys who have experienced success based on their hard work and dedication. It is very rewarding to see that hard work pay off with success on the field. “
After his undergraduate work at Geneva, Sumner moved on to the U.S. Sports Academy where he received his master′s in Sport Management. Sumner continues to work in that field as a teacher in Geneva′s sport management major.
Sumner is also charged with the position of assistant athletic director for the Golden Tornadoes and assumes responsibility of athletic liaison with the admissions department. “We have a great thing going on at Geneva,” said Sumner. “I have been around this campus for a long time and I am convinced that Geneva is a tremendous place for student-athletes to grow in all aspects of their lives.”
Sumner′s baseball team has continued to grow and prosper throughout his tenure at the helm. “We take pride in having our teams compete at a very high level. But we also demand student-athletes with great character and a commitment to academics. Our job as coaches is to develop these athletes in more than just x′s and o′s. We feel as though we are making a difference in the lives of these young men, both in athletics and in life.”
Sumner and his wife Linda, the women′s soccer coach at Geneva, reside in Chippewa Township with their daughters Jamie and Erica.
Kameron Konert joined the Golden Tornadoes coaching staff in August 2013 for his first year of coaching college baseball. Konert serves as the head team strength and conditioning coach as well as the hitting coach.
A native of Naples,Florida, Konert was the first signee and captain for two years of a new baseball program at Houghton College that began in the fall of 2011. He also played football for one year at both Davidson College and Ithaca College.
Konert lives in Beaver Falls and works as the Recreation & Wellness Coordinator in addition to his coaching responsibilities.
Ignacio Villalobos (Iggy) joins the Golden Tornadoes coaching staff for the second year entering the 2015 season. He brings with him five years of college ball experience and two years of coaching U21 baseball in Canada with the Brantford Junior Braves (2012, 2013). While coaching in 2012 and 2013, Villalobos played in the semi-pro baseball league Intercounty as a Kitchener Panther.
A Mexico City, Mexico native, Villalobos grew up in Brantford, Ontario, Canada where he attended and played baseball at Niagara County Community College for two years. He then transferred to Houghton in 2011 and finished his senior year on the baseball squad as co-captain with fellow Geneva baseball’s assistant coach Kameron Konert.
In 2013, Villalobos stayed at Houghton as an assistant baseball coach for the Highlanders. In 2014 he enrolled in Geneva’s Higher Education program after obtaining a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Houghton.
Villalobos and his wife, Jamie, reside is Beaver Falls.