"Every accomplishment begins with a decision to step up to the plate."
I started my baseball career at 4 years old when I picked up a baseball for the first time. From that moment on, I didn’t feel complete without a baseball in my hand. Baseball was a common past time for kids my age, but for me it became much more. At a young age I found out that I was able to correlate life lessons within the game of baseball, especially patience and discipline. When life sped up, I slowed down. Baseball was a positive outlet that created an environment on the field that was free from outside emotion. Learning this as a child helped me excel at becoming a better person on and off the field. Baseball became more then just a game, It was a way of life.
As I grew so did my passion for the game. This helped me understand what it meant to be a team player by the time I reached high school. This new understanding introduced more fundamentals, strategy, and baseball exercises. As a Pitcher/Outfielder I chose to develop my conditioning and arm strength skills. With fundamentals as my foundation, I was able to push my teammates by challenging them mentally and physically to excel at their positions. Through this experience I realized coaching and mentoring players came naturally to me. After a successful high school career, I decided to hang up my cleats and focus solely on coaching.
My most memorable coaching experience came right after high school in my last year as an assistant coach. I worked with the players through tryouts and spent most of my time getting to know these guys as people. The head coach at the time gave me the honor of choosing the final player for the last roster spot on the team. Excited for the opportunity, I used my experiences with each player to make the best possible decision for the team. It was the most rewarding coaching moment of my entire life. This new player excelled in every facet of baseball on and off the field and proved to be one of the youngest leaders on the team. I was not only proud of the baseball player I chose, but also proud of the exceptional young man that he was becoming. He started as a player whose future was uncertain, but is now actively pursuing his baseball dream in college. I'm thankful that he and I still talk on a regular basis about his developmental process, but more so seeing the exceptional person he has become.
This connection and brotherhood was just the beginning. I focus on teaching the fundamentals of baseball while developing players' skills. It is also important to use the real-life experiences of players to correlate them to specific aspects of the game. This allows the individual to develop a deeper respect and understanding for baseball.
"Progress always involves risk...you can't steal second without taking your foot off of first!"
"It's not the team with the best players that win. It's the players with the best team."