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Coaches

Bill Sobbe

Third Base/Pitching Coach

Bill Sobbe is no stranger to the Kansas City sports scene and the T-Bones. Sobbe returns for his eighth season as a coach for the T-Bones in 2019. He joined the club before the 2012 season as bench coach then took over the pitching staff in 2014 as the team’s pitching coach. When Joe Calfapietra was named the team’s Manager before the 2017 season Sobbe was appointed Third Base and Hitting Coach for KC.

For 20 seasons, 1984-2003, Sobbe was the Kansas City Royals bullpen catcher, working with some of the club's best pitchers, including Bret Saberhagen, Mark Gubicza, Danny Jackson, Dan Quisenberry and Jeff Montgomery.

Sobbe played his college baseball at Northwest Missouri State and was a member of the Bearcats basketball team. He was inducted into the Northwest Missouri State M-Club Hall of Fame for both baseball and basketball in 2009. As a Junior, Sobbe hit .349 in 37 games to earn all-conference honors and being named honorable mention All-American in 1978.

The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Sobbe in the 20th round of the 1979 draft where he would play three seasons, 1979-81, in the Dodgers' organization. He would reach Double-A in 1981. Sobbe, who’s been an educator in the Kansas City area since 1982, spent more than 15 years in the Park Hill School District as a coach, athletic director and assistant principal, before retiring in 2013.

In 2018 Sobbe began his first season as Park University's assistant baseball coach where two of his sons (Jon and Jake) played their college ball. He was born and raised in Gladstone, Missouri and attended Winnetonka High School.