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Minor League Ball Player Takes Online Classes at SCC

Jacob Kuebler
Lincoln native, Jacob Kuebler, is a pitcher for the Sioux City Explorers. Photo courtesy of Explorers

Taking online courses at SCC is so convenient, it even fits the schedule of a professional baseball player.

Lincoln native Jacob Kuebler enrolled at SCC last fall when baseball season ended, and continued his studies through the winter. He’s taking a break now while he pitches for the Sioux City Explorers and will be hitting the books again in the fall.

“A large reason I went to SCC is that the schedule works for me, it’s convenient.” Kuebler said.

This is Kuebler’s ninth season playing professional baseball. He graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School in 2008 and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals as a position player. He then switched to pitching after the Mets organization signed him in 2013. He played three years of Double-A ball with the Binghamton Mets.

He’s been in love with the game of baseball since he was a little kid when his dad would take him to Kansas City Royals games. His cousin, Alex Gordon, plays for the Royals.

“Ever since I was young, I had sisters who played softball and my dad loved baseball, so it’s in the blood,” Kuebler said.

Kuebler is an Academic Transfer student. He wants to finish his two years at SCC, then transfer to a four-year college to get a degree in teaching. He also wants to coach, since sports has been such a big part of his life.

Taking online classes at SCC has helped Kuebler manage his time with an inconsistent schedule, which includes long days of travel and long nights of playing ball.

“It’s a very laid-out schedule, instructors are very clear about what I have to do,” Kuebler said about his online courses at SCC. “You have to make time for the deadlines you have, and you make it work.”

After the season, Kuebler will get married in Lincoln this fall and likely make his home in Nebraska. He enjoys playing with the Sioux City Explorers because of its close proximity to Lincoln. It’s his first year playing in the Independent Professional Baseball League.

“I’ve been on the West Coast, East Coast, all over the country, and it’s an interesting perspective because it’s not the Midwest,” he said. “But I’ve always wanted to come back to Lincoln.”

 At age 18, Kuebler was traveling all over the country playing baseball, when his peers were going to college. Now at age 26 he’s in college as a non-traditional-age student, but he wouldn’t have done it any other way.

“I had to grow up pretty quickly,” Kuebler said. “Now that I’m going back to school I think that has helped me.”

Kuebler will travel to Lincoln later this summer when the Explorers play the Lincoln Saltdogs Aug. 11-14.


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