TC154: Jonathan Hadra, VMI

Virginia Military Institute is the third smallest school in D1 baseball, but their accomplishments and aspirations are large. Head coach Jonathan Hadra is a VMI grad who’s in his second season as head coach and he sees no limit on what the Keydets can do. Recent upgrades to the facilities, along with some planned upgrades, should make the program even more competitive.

In this episode, we spend a significant time talking about the history and culture of the school, as it plays in so heavily to the kind of student athletes that come to Lexington, Virginia. Coach Hadsra talks about the lifestyle at VMI — including things like the residence halls (The Barracks), laundry (!), and the Rat Line. We also address how recruiting has changed and how the culture of VMI helps to develop leaders.

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