Pike County High School – Meansville, Georgia
Education: Gordon State College
Email: parrottb [at] pike.k12.ga.us
The moment you first realized that you might like to make coaching part of your career.
I knew that I would always want to stay in the game for as long as I could. Once I saw the writing on the wall that my playing days were over, I knew that coaching was what I wanted/needed to do.
Outside of mentors, talk about one or more ways you’ve learned some aspect of coaching.
Between podcasts and books I’ve learned so much. And it isn’t always about baseball and I believe that I use those lessons more than I use a drill with our kids. I also learn from our players each and every day.
Your dream lunch date. One coach. Any sport. Any level. Living or dead. Who is it?
Hands down, Augie Garrido. I had the pleasure of meeting him at the ABCA in Indianapolis and just being in his presence I feel like I got smarter.
If you could go back to your rookie coach self and give one piece of advice, what would it be?
If I could go back to my rookie coach self and give myself advice, I would tell myself to always be where your feet are and to make sure your family gets the best of you and not the rest of you. Baseball might not always be there but the impact you leave on your wife and kids will long outlast anything you will ever do in this game. I would also say to let your players see you as a person and not just as a coach. Let them know how much you love them. Once they know how much they mean to you, everything else will take of itself.
What is one thing you didn’t know (or fully understand) about what coaches do before you got into coaching?
One thing I did not know about coaching before I got into coaching is how important it is to have and amazing support system to go through this journey with you. I know that I couldn’t do what I do without the help of family and friends. It also takes a very special woman to be a coach’s wife. They say that there is a special place in Heaven for a coach’s wife. I know a lot of us couldn’t do what we do at a high level if it wasn’t for an amazing woman at home. That support system is what keeps us coaches going.
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