Mason High School Baseball, Mason, Ohio
Hometown: Mason, Ohio
Education: Miami University (Ohio)
Email: weldonhitting [at] gmail.com
The moment you first realized that you might like to make coaching part of your career.
In high school I always really admired my instructors and coaches and I remember very vividly thinking to myself that a life in the game is something that I wanted, whether that be playing or coaching. When I stopped playing I knew I wanted to stay involved in the game.
Outside of mentors, talk about one or more ways you’ve learned some aspect of coaching.
I’ve read a lot of books, watched a lot of documentaries, listened to a ton of podcasts, and have spent probably an unhealthy amount of time scrolling through baseball twitter and diving into rabbit holes.
If you could go back to your rookie coach self and give one piece of advice, what would it be?
I’d tell myself to be more humble and to keep learning. Have a growth mindset, improve your processes. Communicating something clearly and simply, and having it resonate, requires a great amount of knowledge about whatever you’re teaching.
Best career or work advice you ever received.
Never separate yourself from the performance of your team. Removing the word “you” and phrases like “you guys” and replacing them with “we” and “us” goes a long way to not only holding yourself accountable but also communicating to the players that we’re all in this togethe
Your dream lunch date. One coach. Any sport. Any level. Living or dead. Who is it?
AJ Hinch. He’s managing the most forward thinking organization in the game. I imagine he has some really great insight.