First Assembly Christian School, Cordova, Tennessee
Hometown: Pulaski, Tennessee
Education: Southwest Tennessee Community College; Central Baptist College
Email: mclemoreseth [at] gmail.com
The moment you first realized that you might like to make coaching part of your career.
For me, it was after I completed my college eligibility. I still had a year of my undergrad degree left to finish, and my head coach Aaron Brister asked me to come on staff as a student-assistant for that last year. Going into that fall, I didn’t know how I would feel making the jump from playing to coaching but I quickly learned that coaching was something I could take pride in, grow in, and learn as well as teach every day.
Outside of mentors, talk about one way you’ve learned some aspect of coaching.
One huge jump I made as a coach was going to my first ABCA Convention. From the moment I first walked in, I knew it was going to be a weekend that I would remember forever. All of the speakers that come in do an amazing job of presenting on their topics and as a first year coach, I couldn’t get enough. For any coach that wants to learn more about every aspect of the game those guys at the ABCA do a great job with all they do. There is a wealth of knowledge out there and with technology what it is; it’s right at our fingertips as coaches.
Name one new thing you want to accomplish this year.
This year with my guys I am really diving into personalizing practice for each player. As a hitting coach, I believe there should be days of ‘team’ oriented hitting, but for a majority of practice days I want to be very hands on and individualized with our work. Whether a guy is completely overhauling a swing or we’re mid-season and making small adjustments I want our guys to learn to think in practice and just be athletic and rely on muscle memory in the games. Being on a coaching staff in its first year at a program that has been a little difficult this spring, but next offseason we plan to implement this heavily.
Best career or work advice you ever received.
The most influential coaching advice I have gotten came from an ABCA podcast with coach Matt Deggs at Sam Houston State. If you ever get a chance to listen I highly recommend it. The podcast covers a variety of topics but the one that stood out most to me was the process and life changing events he went through. How he adapted his personality and coaching style to become a better man and coach. That really hit home with me and used that to drive me to never settle in my ways as a coach and man. If you constantly strive to learn more and be the best you can be in all you do, you will never have regrets in life. My college head coach’s favorite Bible verse is Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” This verse and the things I learned from Coach Deggs go hand in hand together to help form my vision as a coach and man.
Your dream lunch date. One coach. Any sport. Any level. Living or dead. Who is it?
My dream lunch date would have to be Joe Maddon. I think he is one of the most unique minds in the sport of baseball today, and just to sit and pick his brain would an awesome experience. For me, I am constantly trying to learn more and become a better coach and I think that he would have a wealth of knowledge to pass on. Just like many other coaches, I am always trying to get the maximum potential out of my players and I believe that talking with Coach Maddon would shed new light on that subject.