The moment you first realized that you might like to make coaching part of your career?
After my freshman year of college, my playing career ended due to an injury. At that moment I realized you could take me out of baseball, but you couldn’t take baseball out of me. I knew I was being called on to grow and guide young men in life through baseball.
Outside of mentors, talk about one way you’ve learned some aspect of coaching.
Everyday life teaches us many aspects of coaching. You learn to deal with failure and uncontrollable situations on a daily basis. I think those are two big aspects of coaching that are dealt with daily as well. Those aspects teach you how to keep a constant positive effort and attitude toward your program and players.
Your dream lunch date. One coach. Any sport. Any level. Living or dead. Who is it?
John Wooden, I’d love to pick the brain of that leader.
If you could go back to your rookie coach self and give one piece of advice, what would it be?
Well, first of all, I think we are all still rookie coaches in our own way, especially me. I would have to say keep your mind where your feet are. Too many times I was trying to look ahead in my coaching career wondering what the next step is going to be or where the next job opening will be. Instead, I need to be the best version of me right now where my feet are.
Best career or work advice you ever received?
You don’t know everything, and you never will, so surround yourself with smart people, be a sponge and absorb everything, and always continue to learn and grow.