University High School, Greeley, Colorado
Hometown: Chandler, Arizona
Education: Yavapai College; University of Northern Colorado
Email: jwhitman36 [at] gmail.com
The moment you first realized that you might like to make coaching part of your career.
The moment I realized I wanted to make coaching a part of my career was when I was sitting in a dead-end job, about four years out from the last time I coached. I was approached by a long time friend about the possibility of helping coach his daughters travel softball team, and I knew it was something I wanted to do. My wife saw that being back on the field, no matter what field it was, made me happy.
Outside of mentors, talk about one or more ways you’ve learned some aspect of coaching.
Besides the coaches and mentors I have played for in the game, the way I have learned is from having the chances to work with some amazing college coaches. As a high school coach, being able to see how these college coaches work and dissect the game has given me a different insight into what I need to accomplish with my players.
Best career or work advice you ever received.
Best career advice I have ever received is “Be the coach that you would want to play for” I try to take this into every day I have a chance to interact with our players.
If you could go back to your rookie coach self and give one piece of advice, what would it be?
If I could go back and give one piece of advise to myself as a rookie coach, it would be don’t take for granted the players you are with now, because they will be gone soon. Make sure they know you care about them as people more than just ballplayers.
Your dream lunch date. One coach. Any sport. Any level. Living or dead. Who is it?
My dream coaches lunch date would be with Mike Martin. I would love to be able to sit and talk to him about how the game has changed over his years at Florida State, and how players have changed.
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