TC158: David Esquer, Cal-Berkeley

From his time as a walk-on at Stanford to the near program shutdown at Cal, David Esquer had bucked the odds. He knows what it takes to work hard and to overcome. And in his wake he’s left a line of success, both as a player and a coach.

Coach Esquer currently leads a University of California baseball program that came from the depths of an announced program shutdown in 2010-11 and promptly went to Omaha. Since then the program has become stronger than ever, with a Cal Baseball Foundation as a solid base to propel the program into the future.

In this episode we discuss what he has learned (and is learning) from other coaches — and not just baseball coaches, but people like basketball’s John Wooden and Anson Dorrance of North Carolina women’s soccer fame. Coach Esquer also talks about what he’s looking for in an assistant coach and how he handles the volunteer assistant position. And like so many of our guests, Coach Esquer notes that he is “married to a saint.”

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