San Diego State University Baseball
Hometown: Los Angeles
Education: San Diego State
Email: speraza [at] mail.sdsu.edu
The moment you first realized that you might like to make coaching part of your career.
I got a call from Greg Bergeron, who was my junior college coach, and asked if I wanted to coach with his dad at El Camino College . He told me I was one of the most loyal and smartest players he’s coached and he said he knew I would make a good pitching coach one day!
Outside of mentors, talk about one way you’ve learned some aspect of coaching.
The way I learn most is through our players — talking to them and asking them questions. They help me understand their needs, what they may be feeling while on the mound, trigger points that help them be successful and, on the flip side, cause some mistakes.
Name one new thing you want to accomplish this year.
Would like to get SDSU into a super regional . This program has never been there before. I feel as if we have been advancing in our program’s national recognition by making four out of the last five Regional appearances. We are very young this year, so it might be tough, but I’m confident the group that is on campus will accomplish this goal during their time here.
What is your favorite memory from a coaching conference or clinic?
My favorite memory of coaches convention is my first one ever in Chicago in 2005, I believe. I had heard about the ABCA Coaches’ Convention, but never realized its magnitude in size and participants until my first year there. I remember being in awe of some of the legendary college coaches that I now consider my peers and friends.
Best career or work advice you ever received.
Has to be a recruiting advice I got from legendary coach Turtle Thomas. He always use to tell me not to worry about the player you did not get and concern yourself with the player you did get . In today’s recruiting world we are all in a hurry to commit guys and sometimes we worry so much about kids some other school committed instead of focusing on our commits . Make sure the one you got in the right one!!
Your dream lunch date. One coach. Any sport. Any level. Living or dead. Who is it?
John Wooden. I’ve read all his books and I feel like he just has such a wealth of knowledge when it comes to coaching different personalities , it would be great to pick his brain and see how he dealt with certain guys and got the most out of all his players. Also, dealing with success. I find that its easier for kids to play the under card role then it is to deal with day in and day out success, trying to stay humbled and grounded.
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