Loyola College Prep
The moment you first realized that you might like to make coaching part of your career?
When I was growing up my dad, Delton Dearman, was a high school football coach so I spent the majority of my childhood running around the fieldhouse or on the sidelines Friday nights. Then when spring came around, it was time for baseball. So I grew up in that lifestyle and once it came time to decide on what I was going to do, the only thing I could think of was coaching. There are some great, great coaches that have significantly impacted my life and still continue to do so. I’ve been blessed to work with some great coaches here at Loyola as well.
Outside of mentors, talk about one way you’ve learned some aspect of coaching.
Quite honestly, having a child has helped me learn and grow in coaching. Everyone who has a child says life changes after that and that’s 100% true. In a few short years these kids who are playing high school baseball will be husbands, fathers and leaders of their family. I tell our kids all the time that it happens in the blink of an eye. And when real adversity hits them in the face, what kind of husband will they be? What kind of dad? Their ability to bunt or throw a curve ball won’t be much help when that baby is crying at 3 in the morning. But their ability to be a servant leader, to put others’ needs in front of their own, and to be fully present will carry them much further than any on-the-field skill can.
If you could go back to your rookie coach self and give one piece of advice, what would it be?
How important it is to be fully present wherever you are. You hear a lot of great coaches talk about it and there’s no doubt it’s a part of what makes them successful. But that’s not just a sports-related skill. It goes with everything in life, from being a husband to being a dad to being a teacher and coach. It’s disrespectful to whoever is in your presence if you’re not fully present to them. My wife would probably agree that it’s something I’m still working on.
What is your favorite memory from a coaching conference or clinic?
I’ve heard a lot of great speakers in many different clinics but the 2 that stand out were probably Tony Robichaux and Skip Bertman. It was fascinating to listen to Coach Robichaux talk about his program but more specifically, the pitching in his program. And being able to listen to Coach Bertman was truly special. I still have the notes of both of those presentations.
Your dream lunch date. One coach. Any sport. Any level. Who is it?
Jim Schlossnagle from TCU. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and the work he has done at TCU.