Marcus High School, Flower Mound, Texas
Hometown: Forest, Mississippi
Education: North Central Texas College; Hardin Simmons University
Email: balljamie [at] lisd.net
The moment you first realized that you might like to make coaching part of your career.
I knew I wanted to be a coach when I was in high school, but I got caught up in the “you won’t make any money in coaching” and did business and sales for a while before coming to it. I always did select ball on the side though. But after years in different business ventures, I realized I was pursuing the wrong career and finally got into high school ball.
Outside of mentors, talk about one or more ways you’ve learned some aspect of coaching.
It’s been a huge blessing for me to start my high school coaching career under Jeff Sherman at Marcus. I’ve learned a few key roles as a baserunning coach and now pitching, but the most important thing I’ve learned is how important the details and quality communication are to having success at a high level.
Tony Wolfe talks about Goals vs. Purpose. Kevin Wilson calls it your “Why”. What is your purpose or “why” for coaching?
I am a man of faith, so I believe that I have been called to this profession. I always felt an unease in the past industries I worked in. Even though this has been the hardest and most I’ve worked in any profession, this is the most right and at peace I’ve felt in anything I’ve done. My wife is my best friend and with her constantly confirming this decision means a lot as well.
Name one new thing you want to accomplish this year.
Win the State Championship!
Best career or work advice you ever received.
Don’t be so sensitive, and don’t take things personally. Coach Sherman told me that and it has freed me up a ton to be me and be a better coach.
What is one thing you didn’t know (or fully understand) about what coaches do before you got into coaching?
The main thing is understanding the total work that goes into winning. I think most guys somewhat know the game when they get into coaching, but they don’t understand the work that is required if you want to have success. You have to love it.
Your dream lunch date. One coach. Any sport. Any level. Living or dead. Who is it?