Asbury University, Wilmore, Kentucky
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Education: Ivy Tech CC; University of Louisville
Email: brandon.mattingly [at] asbury.edu
The moment you first realized that you might like to make coaching part of your career.
I first realized I might want to make coaching a part of my career early on in my time giving private lessons to high school age pitchers, and coaching travel baseball with the Louisville Vipers. There was a local pitcher with pretty high potential who was struggling to throw a second pitch besides a fastball. I was lucky to have the situation brought to my attention, but I was able to identify with his arm three-quarter arm slot, a slider had a good chance of working for him. I showed him a slider grip I personally had success with, and it clicked for him. He was able to throw a sharp slider fairly quickly and took it with him into the season where he became a Regional POY. The result of the situation, and how it all came about, first put the idea in my head that I could coach as a career.
Outside of mentors, talk about one or more ways you’ve learned some aspect of coaching.
If we have to leave mentors out of it (sorry Manny & JD), then without question I have learned the most about coaching simply from experience (both in games, and working through practices). There’s just no replacement for experience. Coaching in games allowed me the opportunity to identify situations where I could impact the game as a coach, and taught me the correct actions for those situations. I think as coaches we live for the opportunity to affect change in a game that results in wins for our guys, right? The most efficient and effective way I learned how to handle those situations was to go through them with both failure and success. Practice is similar because it creates the opportunity for communication that creates positive results. It gave me the time to not only learn where my voice could be impactful, but also how it’s impactful. Going through situations in game and in practice gave me the opportunity to log my hours and learn from them.
Name one new thing you want to accomplish this year.
I want to help win a championship the year, no question about it. Asbury University, my home, is a place where a regular season River States conference championship would be remembered for a long time to come. It would mean more. I look around on a daily basis and see a group of young men who can be the most special baseball team to ever walk on that campus. It’s not about my accomplishments or anything like that. It’s about what those men earn, and what they deserve.
Best career or work advice you ever received.
The best coaching advice I’ve ever received is pretty simple. Be authentic in everything you do. It’s a pretty simple idea really, isn’t it? Be authentic. Whoever you are….if you’re a great verbal communicator with a lot of ability to teach, or you’re a grinder who puts all the hours in possible to meet goals, or you’re a young coach still learning so you stay in your line…..be authentic in that role. When you’re around a group of young men every single day, they’re going to identify someone who is being themselves, someone who is comfortable with their role, and someone who is putting on an act. I hope when I leave Asbury University, or when my guys graduate and move on and someone asks them about me when I was there……I hope they say he was authentic. If I’ve done that, I’ve done just fine.
Your dream lunch date. One coach. Any sport. Any level. Living or dead. Who is it?
This idea of a dream lunch to be spent with any coach I want is interesting because my answer can change depending on the day of the week, and what I am trying to focus on as a coach at that point in my career, right? At the moment, I’m really intrigued by the potential for a coach to have such an impact on individuals who are less than when they’re separate that they become more than when they’re together. This idea that the whole team can raise each other’s game so high they become much more dangerous than anyone ever thought possible. Since that’s my focus right now, I would say Herb Brooks is where I would go with my lunch. What he was able to do with a group of young men who were unquestionably less talented across the board than a majority of their opponents, but yet, they overcame. The 1980 US Men’s Olympic Hockey team has to be the shining city on a hill of an example of what a coach can do with a group of flawed players when they decide it’s about the group more than themselves.