The moment you first realized that you might like to make coaching part of your career?
I think I first realized it actually before graduating in my senior year of college. My team missed out on conference playoffs by 1 game for the second year in a row and that provided a huge sense of not leaving the program better off then when I arrived to it. So I knew right away that I wanted to help out in whatever way I could with on the field success and when I was offered an opportunity to return to my alma mater I accepted gratefully.
Outside of mentors, talk about one way you’ve learned some aspect of coaching.
In various ways I have learned to keep things simple through actions you take and your communication. No one is perfect and we will make a mistake or come up short but I see this as a way to try and limit any failures or mistakes. Baseball is a sport filled with failure so naturally it is hard enough already and when you overthink or let your mind over complicate things you probably will not find success. I definitely try to pass this along to my players. I work with pitchers and we always try and slow things down and break it down so that we hope to find simple solutions to an issue prior to jumping to major overhauls. I think this applies to areas off the field like recruiting as well. When kept simple you offer what you have to offer and be upfront. If it works out great and if it doesn’t you keep on trying to find good fits.
Name one new thing you want to accomplish this year.
Improve team pitching statistics.
Best career or work advice you ever received?
Find a job that never feels like a job.
Your dream lunch date. One coach. Any sport. Any level. Living or dead. Who is it?
In the hopes that I would actually be able to pick his brain and he would actually let me converse with him, I’d go with Bill Bellichick. I am no Patriots fan by any means but I do find it impressive that he is able to lead a team, no matter the player turnover or conditions, to success year after year. And maybe I can learn how to cheat and get away with it too — haha!