The moment you first realized that you might like to make coaching part of your career.
I was young – maybe 14 or 15, working with a 10u team. Immediately I saw a response to what I was instructing and from that moment I was hooked on wanting to coach.
Outside of mentors, talk about one or more ways you’ve learned some aspect of coaching.
Certainly, through my mistakes as a player and teammate. One flaw I had as a player was being hesitant to ask questions. Whether I wanted to know the “why” behind what were doing or the “how” to what I wanted to do. I make sure to remind my guys that it is okay to ask questions.
Another one being overly critical of my performance. I credited it to being competitive, I have grown to realize there is a fine line between being a competitor and beating yourself up.
If you could go back to your rookie coach self and give one piece of advice, what would it be?
Be yourself! I would tell myself to develop a coaching philosophy one step at a time rather than thinking I needed to have answers to everything.
Best career or work advice you ever received.
Controlling the controllable is by far the best advice. As a coach or in life, not everything is a battle. Also, as I grow in my faith I am understanding Who is in control and that my response to situations is vital.
What is one thing you didn’t know (or fully understand) about what coaches do before you got into coaching?
Coach Johnson and Coach Lowe at Piedmont International University drew back the curtain for me on what coaching college baseball really is. There is a certain business mindset that one must develop to understand what is going on around you. They truly helped in my maturation process in coaching.
Your dream lunch date. One coach. Any sport. Any level. Living or dead. Who is it?
Nick Saban. I totally agree with his views on intrinsic motivation. I would want to learn more about how he gets his players to find their own motivation.