ACS: Cejay Suarez, Bridgton Academy

Cejay Suarez
Bridgton Academy; Sanford Mainers (NECBL)
Hometown: Abington, Massachusetts
Education: Saint Joseph’s College of Maine; 
The Van Loan School at Endicott College
Twitter: @SuarezCejay
Email: csuarez [at] bridgtonacademy.org


The moment you first realized that you might like to make coaching part of your career.

The moment I first realized I wanted to making coaching a career was in fall baseball my senior year. Working with our freshmen pitchers to guide and lead them through fall baseball was all I needed to want to learn more about the industry. Leading Saint Josephs College of Maine to a 36 win season and a top 25 ranking throughout the year had me itching to take my career to the next step.

Outside of mentors, talk about one way you’ve learned some aspect of coaching.

One way that I have learned about coaching was through research and reading. Books such as Building the 95 MPH Body and Hacking the Kinetic Chain have had me take my understanding of the way to get the body ready to compete and maximize the potential of a players body. Using these tools have increased my ability to message how I go about attacking my pitching plan to maximize the potential of our current pitching staff.

 Best career or work advice you ever received.

The best career advice I ever received when I started my career in coaching was to show your players you love them. In the end players want to know coaches care about their well being and not just what they do on the baseball diamond. Coaches that build relationships off the diamond usually have the most buy in and success on the diamond.

What is one thing you didn’t know about what coaches do before you got into coaching?

When I first started coaching I did not realize the entire behind the scenes work that needed to be done for the program to run smoothly. Things like, scheduling hotels, camps and meals are not magically done by administration it is up to the coaching staff to take care of the small things. The job of coaching in college entails more administrative work than it does coaching, but if coaching is what you want to profession to be then there is no avoiding the administrative things.

Your dream lunch date. One coach. Any sport. Any level. Living or dead. Who is it?

My dream lunch date would be with Tim Corbin, head baseball coach at Vanderbilt University. Coach Corbin has built Vanderbilt into a powerhouse in college baseball that continues to get better players year in and year out. Coach Corbin has built not only a powerhouse in baseball but has built a culture that is stronger than any other program in the country.

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