Chris Finnegan
Chris Finnegan
Title: Head Coach
City: Garden City
State: KS
ZIP Code: 67846
Phone: 620-276-9599
Email: chris.finnegan@gcccks.edu
Twitter: @busterbaseball

Chris Finnegan begins his 13th season as the Head Coach at Garden City Community College. Under the direction of Finnegan, the Broncbusters have won 429 games (429-275) with 228 of them coming in Jayhawk West play (228-156). In his tenure as head coach, Finnegan has helped 42 players move on to play Division 1 baseball, and produced 32 Academic All-Americans. Finnegan has twice been named the Jayhawk Conference Coach of the Year.

The Broncbusters have won two Jayhawk West Titles (2009 & 2012), one Region VI Runner-up (2007), five Final Four appearances (2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016), six Sub Regional Championships (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016) and four sub-regional runner-up finishes (2006, 2008, & 2010, 2015).

Finnegan has helped produce three Players of the Year (Luke Gorsett 2005, Erik Mattingly 2010 & Frankie Alvarez 2015), two Freshmen of the Year (Aaron Breit 2005 & Erik Mattingly 2009), 62 All-Conference selections (29 1st team), sixteen All-Region VI selections, two Rawlings Big Stick Award Winners (Erik Mattingly 2010 & Blake Brisson 2011), and five NJCAA All-American Selections (Luke Gorsett 2005, Aaron Breit 2006, Erik Mattingly 2010, Blake Brisson 2011, & Frankie Alvarez 2015). In 2014 Tyler Alitz was named the NJCAA Defensive Player of the Year.

In 2016, Finnegan led the Busters to a 45-17 finish and a third place finish in the Jayhawk West Conference. The 45 win mark tied Coach Finnegan’s best mark as head coach. With a third place finish, the Busters hosted Fort Scott in the sub-regional. The series provided some of the best baseball Williams Stadium has ever witnessed. The Busters won game one in dramatic fashion with a 10-9 walk off win. Then proceeded to drop game two 9-10 with Fort Scott rallying late, and the rubber match was decided by the Busters 8-4 victory. The Busters dropped game one to Cowley County in the Region VI tournament, the eventual winner. The 2016 team would not go quietly in the double elimination tournament defeating Coffeyville 10-0 and Kansas City Kansas 7-2 before being eliminated in the final four. It was not only successful on the field, but also in the classroom. Finnegan’s Busters had a team GPA of 3.25 on the year and had six players earn academic All-American honors.

In 2018, Finnegan lead the Busters to a 26-29 record, good enought for and 8th place finish in the Jayhawk West Conference.  Designated Hitter Corbin Truslow was named to the First Team All-Conference and All-Region Teams after belting 18 home runs, 12 in Jayhawk Conference play.  Truslow ended the season 5th in the KJCCC with 75 RBI's and second in Home Runs (18).    

Finnegan came to Garden City after spending one season at Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska. He earned his degree in Sports Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Finnegan finished his playing career at the University of Southern Mississippi (1999-2000). He was a two-year starter at catcher for the Golden Eagles, while being placed on the All-Conference team his senior year. After USM, Finnegan played professionally for three years in the Northern League with stops in Schaumburg, IL and Glens Falls, NY.

Originally from Omaha, NE Chris Finnegan began his college career at Hutchinson Community College.  During his two year stint as a Blue Dragon he helped them win the 1997 Sub-Regional and 1998 Jayhawk West Conference Title. Finnegan is married to the former Crystal Moore. They welcomed their first child, Conner, in April of 2015. 

 

Years as a Broncbuster

YEAR

OVERALL

CONFERENCE

CONF. FINISH

POST SEAONS

2018

26-29 12-20 8th Region VI First Round

2017

34-25 18-14 4th Region VI First Round

2016

45-17 21-11 3rd Region VI Final Four
2015

28-27

16-15 5th Region VI Sub Regional

2014

38-23

21-11

2nd

Region VI Final Eight

2013

28-27

20-12

2nd

Region VI Final Eight

2012

37-21

23-9

1st

Region VI Sub Regional

2011

41-23

18-14

5th

Region VI Final Four

2010

40-17

21-11

3rd

Region VI Sub Regional

2009

45-17

22-10

1st

Region VI Final Four

2008

21-30

12-20

8th

Region VI Sub Regional

2007

37-27

17-15

4th

Region VI Runner up

2006

34-22

18-14

4th

Region VI Sub Regional

Totals

455-304

240-176

   

Jayhawk West Coach of the Year:

2009 & 2013