Six degrees in the coaching family

by Jack Warren

The old theory states that almost any two people can be connected in six or fewer steps — hence the six degrees of separation. One of my hobbies over the years has been to check out coaches’ profiles on school web sites. It is both amazing and impressive (and sometimes discouraging) to see just how many stops the average coach has made along their coaching journey. I think that college DI college football coaches have the longest resumes, but the other sports aren’t far behind.

With our new podcast, one thing I quickly noticed was just how many other coaches were mentioned in the course of our short 30 minute chats. That’s because every single coach has made it to where they are because of something some other coach has done for them along the way. In other words, you’re not operating in a vacuum, guys. But you know that, of course. That’s why every guest on Top Coach has sounded like they were reading an acceptance speech at the Academy Awards. Whether it’s Central Alabama CC’s Wynn Fletcher talking about Andy Lopez’ book or Illinois State’s Mark Kingston giving kudos to Rick Jones for teaching him the recruiting ropes, it’s all about those who have helped you along the way.

That’s why, beginning next week, we’ll have a new list to share with you. You’ll now be able to cross reference every coach that is mentioned by one of our guests in an (hopefully) exhaustive list. As you see the list grow, I think it will only serve to remind you of what you already know — that there are far less than six degrees of separation in the baseball coaching fraternity.

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