Sports fans who enjoy basketball and baseball may wish to enroll at Barton County Community College (BCCC). The school features nationally recognized athletic programs that participate against teams at the Division I NCAA level and is affiliated with the National Junior College Athletic Association.
The school's baseball program has seen three of its players move on to the professional level. Nate Field, Jason Stanford and David Sanders all graduated and were drafted by Major League Baseball teams after their college careers concluded.
After graduation, Nate Field was drafted by the Kansas City Royals and bounced around for five years before retiring in 2007. He then went on to become a scout for the Boston Red Sox. He is also a gold medalist in the Baseball World Cup games as part of the 2009 U.S. national team.
The basketball programs rivalry between BCCC and Hutchinson CC Blue Dragons is advertised as the second-most anticipated game only to in-state rivals Kansas Jayhawks and the Kansas State Wildcats.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment opportunities for coaches and scouts are expected to increase 25 percent over the coming years.
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