TC255: Joel Sato, Bingham High School (UT)

Yes, yes — we’ve been just a little weak in the Mountain Time Zone. But we’re out to rectify that. Thanks to a reply to a request we sent out into the Twitter-verse, we were pointed to Utah high school baseball coaching legend, Joel Sato. Seems that, like the vast majority of coaches, despite some great accomplishments, Coach Sato flies under the radar (at least outside his home state). Well, we’d like to to our part to make sure that everyone knows about this wonderful man, now impacting his third generation of baseball players in Bingham, Utah.

In this episode, Coach Sato talks about Bingham and its mining history, 21 combined state championships for Bingham High School, his various duties at the school through the years, traveling for tournaments in the spring, the mental game, development of players in youth/travel baseball, facilities usage, taking ownership, staff delegation, extra-curricular activity impact on students (he wrote a grad paper on the topic!), supporting his student athletes in other activities, the VIP section of the ballpark, burdening younger coaches with administrative work, and USA Baseball.

Notable quotes:

  • “I’m not going to let them outwork me.”
  • “The worst thing that could happen is that you could lose.”
  • “I might be the most loyal person in the world.”
  • “There’s a plan for every day and a purpose for every practice.”


Follow Bingham High School Baseball on Twitter.
National Baseball Coaches Association website.

photo credit: Bingham High School Athletics
Intro Music: Matt’s Blues, Kevin MacLeod (

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