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Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo Joins Baseball Coaching Staff

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Mike Smith-Sports Information Director Dodge City Community College

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[FORD COUNTY, Kan.]


The Dodge City baseball program makes an addition to the coaching staff as Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo joins the staff.


After the first year under Head Coach, Brett Doe that saw the Conquistadors post a 28-27 record the Conqs look to take strides forward in year two under Coach Doe and he hopes the addition of Cardoza-Oquendo will help the Conqs move forward with now three coaches on staff.


Cardoza-Oquendo comes to Dodge City fresh off capping his collegiate playing career at Baylor University where he played in 107 total games for the Bears after transferring from Navarro College. He crossed paths with Coach Doe while at Navarro playing for the Bulldogs for two seasons when Coach Doe was an assistant coach at Navarro.


"First off, I'm excited to step into the coaching world! Baseball has been a part of my life for the better part of 20 years, and I've been blessed to be able to play the game for that long. I'm looking forward to passing along all my knowledge while continuing to learn about the game and helping players reach their goals and turn their dreams into reality. I'm excited to work with two great guys and coaches Brett Doe and Eli Egger. They've already made an impact at Dodge City, and I hope to be able to add to that," said Cardoza-Oquendo about the opportunity to join the Conqs coaching staff.


For the past three years, Cardoza-Oquendo has anchored third base for Baylor playing in 107 games finishing with a .251 batting average with 89 hits, 52 runs, 19 doubles, 53 RBI, and 35 walks. He earned Academic All-Big 12 first-team honors in 2021 and 2022. Before becoming a Baylor Bear he suited up for Navarro for two years where he helped the Bulldogs to a pair of conference titles in 2018 and 2019 and a third-place finish in the NJCAA Division I World Series. He earned first-team all-conference and All-Region XIV at shortstop.


While this will be Cardoza-Oquendo's first true coaching experience he does have experience teaching at camps, working as an instructional coach for kids of all ages including high schoolers.


Cardoza-Oquendo hopes to bring plenty to the table as a coach for the Conquistadors. "First and foremost, I hope to bring energy and devotion to the players that allows them to develop into great young men and great baseball players. Second, I hope to help set a standard of excellence on the defense that sets Dodge City apart from the rest of the conference and help shape the offense into one of the most efficient offenses in the conference. Lastly, I hope to bring another set of eyes on the recruiting trail to help bring the best talent to Dodge City," said Cardoza-Oquendo.


The Conqs will look to get to work in the fall with a nice slate of games to prepare for the 2023 spring season. The fall schedule starts Wednesday, August 31st on the road against Barton.