TC159: Ben Spotts, Eastern Mennonite

It’s one thing to step into a program with a demonstrated commitment to baseball. It’s another thing entirely to commit your foreseeable future to a school that has never before really demonstrated that baseball is a high priority. Such is the case with Ben Spotts and the baseball program at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Playing on a field that is, frankly, bettered by some area high school teams. And tradition? Well, let’s just say that Coach Spotts is out to create a new tradition. And he’s off to a good start, winning the 2015 ODAC Coach of the Year Award!

Ben Spotts is another of those guys who comes from a coaching family and, in fact, got to play for his father. He grew up in Virginia and played his college ball at cross-town rival Bridgewater College, before heading to James Madison to get his graduate degree.

In this episode we talk a lot about what he’s done in the short time he’s been at Eastern Mennonite (win!) and the plans he has for the future, including multiple facilities upgrades. We also discuss a very competitive Old Dominion Athletic Conference, which includes his alma mater, Bridgewater. And since Virginia is on that boundary between mostly favorable spring weather and extremely iffy spring weather, we talk a bit about that one thing that coaches say you really can’t do much about — the weather. But we can talk about it!

Follow Ben Spotts on Twitter.

Photo credit: Cornbelt Sports

Intro Music: Matt’s Blues, Kevin MacLeod (
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