The moment you first realized that you might like to make coaching part of your career.
The moment I first realized that I would like to make coaching a career was during the summer after my junior season in college. Dennis Conley, who coached me at Olney Central Community College offered me an opportunity to come back and coach with him after I finished playing.
Outside of mentors, talk about one way you’ve learned some aspect of coaching.
Books! Even books that don’t have anything to do with our sport can still offer something to help with an organization’s culture or with motivating your players.
If you could go back to your rookie coach self and give one piece of advice, what would it be?
It seems that you hear it all the time now, but I would tell myself to focus more on the relationships that you have with the players.
Name one new thing you want to accomplish this year.
I would like to spend more time learning from the other position coaches. I think Coach (Tyler) Shewmaker does an outstanding job with the catchers, Coach (Justin) Haire’s baserunning system is extremely organized and effective. I have learned a lot about the pitching side from Coach (Tyler) Robinson.
Your dream lunch date. One coach. Any sport. Any level. Living or dead. Who is it?
Nick Saban. When you hear his players talk it is clear that he does an incredible job of developing his players not only on the football field, but as men.