His title is Director of Baseball Operations, but Chris Domingue (pronounced Doh’ mang) is almost singularly focused on one thing at Louisiana-Lafayette — and that’s academics. This is in addition to his full time gig as assistant fire chief. And this guy knows his way around the block academically. A guy who once flunked out of college, returned in his 30’s to finish his degree. And not only did he complete the degree, he did a reboot, starting with an academic refresh, and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. So when the young men on the Rajun Cajun roster talk to him about the struggles of full time academics and the rigors of college baseball, he can relate. And he’s done his job so well since he’s taken over the position, the baseball team GPA has risen to new heights.
This episode again demonstrates how a program can utilize non-traditional staff members and how a person can get involved in a baseball program in a non-traditional role.
In this episode Coach Domingue talks about some of the things that makes the Lafayette baseball program so great. Among them – “They (the players) know we care.” — echoing the message of head coach and former guest Tony Robichaux. He also talks about building trust with parents, staff delegation and empowerment, and the work/life balance.
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Intro Music: Matt’s Blues, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)