Sharon (MA) High School
Hometown: Attleboro, Massachusetts
Education: Bridgewater State University
Email: bcallan [at] gmail.com
The moment you first realized that you might like to make coaching part of your career.
It was one year after I graduated college when I knew. After playing baseball for the past 19 years, it truly became a part of my identity and I felt like a part of me was missing. I reached out to my high school baseball coach and he was happy to have the help.
Outside of mentors, talk about one or more ways you’ve learned some aspect of coaching.
If you could go back to your rookie coach self and give one piece of advice, what would it be?
Less is sometimes more. You gotta take this game in stride and just because you know a, b and c that you learned at the next level doesn’t mean that it applies to where you’re at. My first year coaching the freshman, I had about 65 signs — verbal, non verbal, offensive, defensive, etc. I found it beneficial when I played. We used and executed about 50%. So the following year when I went to the JV team I kept the core and only added what we needed.
Name one new thing you want to accomplish this year.
Manage my time at work to allow me to attend the ABCA, WBCA, MBCA, coach high school, summer ball and squeeze in a family vacation. It’s important to have balance because the last couple of years my vacations have revolved around travel tournaments and baseball conventions.
Best career or work advice you ever received.
Only worry about the things you can control. This applies to all aspects of life.
Your dream lunch date. One coach. Any sport. Any level. Living or dead. Who is it?
Probably Mike Bianco head baseball coach of The University of Mississippi. He has some of the best stories and pre-game speeches I’ve heard and knows how to get his guy locked in. I’ve been following him for a while on social media and he gets me fired up for Ole Miss baseball.