The moment you first realized you might like to make coaching part of your career.
For as long as I remember, I have been studying the game of baseball. I can remember videoing the 1994 HR Derby when I was 12 years old and watching and re-watching swings in slow motion to try and imitate the movements of the hitters. I received my first coaching duties as a player/coach my senior year in high school on our fall team and it has been my passion ever since.
Outside of mentors, share one or more ways you’ve learned some aspect of coaching.
A few of the most important traits a coach can possess are hard working, honesty, ability to communicate, and desire to teach. I have been fortunate enough to understand the importance of each of these through both my experiences in life and baseball. It has been my experience life can teach us a lot about the game of baseball and the game can teach us a lot about life.
Best career or work advice you ever received.
If you are going to have the most successful and efficient program the person at the top must be the hardest worker of the group. That hard work will have a trickle down effect to support staff and players that will also give your words/teaching a more powerful and respected voice.
If you could go back to your rookie coach self and give one piece of advice what would it be?
Do not tie your self worth to the win/loss record. Instead tie your self worth to how hard you work each day, how many people you help, and how many players you impact in a positive way. Invest in this process and the results you desire will follow close behind.
Your dream lunch date. One coach. Any sport. Any level. Living or dead. Who is it?
John Wooden. I am a big quote guy and Mr. Wooden has a lot of great ones attached to his legacy. Combine being one of the winningest coaches of all time while also being one of the most respected and loved by his players and admired by fans — I cannot think of anyone better to learn from.