TC243: Mike Deegan, Denison University

Today’s guest is another example of the quality coaches that labor in in relative obscurity in the NCAA Division 3 ranks. Anyone who knows coaching will tell you that some of the best coaches in the country are practicing their craft at the D3 level. Mike Deegan is one of the most respected coaches in the game, regardless of level. In addition to leading Denison University baseball, he is also an in-demand speaker and a thought leader. 

In this episode, Coach Denison talks about growing up in the football hotbed of Western Pennsylvania, playing college ball for the legendary Don Schaly, starting his career at Coca-Cola, picking up the nickname “Deevers”, the influence of Tim Corbin, mistakes that young coaches make, the attributes of a good coaching candidate, his staff, and what’s going on at his website.

Notable quotes:

  • “You’ve got to make a huge investment in yourself.”
  • “We’re losing young coaches because we sing the Blues.”
  • “This is the greatest profession in the world to raise a family in.”
  • “I try to steal hours.”

So nice, we had to do it twice! Listen to part 2 of our interview with Coach Deegan.

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photo credit: Denison University Athletics/Jace Delgado
Intro Music: Matt’s Blues, Kevin MacLeod (

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