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Will Gorden

Coach Gorden begins his fourth year as head of the Lancer baseball program, with a record of 28-16 at the helm. Gorden comes to Shawnee Mission East after spending 2015-2017 working for MLB in China as head coach of the development center in Wuxi. Prior to living in China, he was the head baseball coach at Bishop Miege High School. He began his coaching career in Kansas at Rockhurst High School. Coach Gorden graduated from Rockhurst University where he played baseball for the Hawks. Coach Gorden is married to his wife Ashley, proudly raising his son Foxx and daughter Poppy.

Kanon Hoover

Coach Hoover is in his 2nd year of coaching for the Lancers. He will take on the role of varsity assistant and pitching coach for the team. Previously, he has assisted the baseball programs of McDonald County High School, Jasper High School, and Mountain Grove High School. Prior to his coaching career, Kanon played baseball at Missouri Southern State University, where he was a relief pitcher for the Lions and played a role on two MIAA championship baseball teams. He is married to his supportive wife Audra.


Head Coach

Varsity Assistant Coach


Doug Archer

C Team Head Coach

This is Coach Archer’s second year coaching baseball at Shawnee Mission East. Before coming to SME Coach Archer played basketball at the University of North Dakota.  After graduating, he began his teaching and coaching career at Grand Forks Central High School in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  While at Central, Archer was the assistant JV baseball coach for 2 years and the head JV coach for 3 years.  He also coached both boys and girls basketball in his time at GFC.  Last year, Coach Archer was the JV girls basketball coach and assistant track jumps coach.  Archer is currently the girls head basketball coach at SME.  His wife Maggie teaches health and PE at SME and they welcomed their daughter Landon this past offseason!

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