As many coaches will tell you, it is terribly hard to follow a legend. Former guest Jon Groth had built a successful program at Tyler (TX) Junior College and decided a few years back to step aside. One of his former players and then-assistant coach, Doug Wren, was tabbed to fill some big shoes. And fill them he did. Coach Wren came out of the gate charging and has not looked back, winning the last four NJCAA D3 World Series titles.
In this episode, Coach Wren talks about the city of Tyler, how he decided to start his college career at Tyler, taking over the head coaching position at TJC at 25 years of age, his work with Athletes In Action, the advantages and disadvantages of leading a program at such a young age, the difference between the various NJCAA divisions, how his own recruiting process helps him now, program culture, and his work with USA Baseball.
- “We want our guys to be different when they leave than when they came in.”
- “If our guys are making champion decisions every day, then that is creating a culture itself.”
photo credit: Doug Wren
Intro Music: Matt’s Blues, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)