Bottom line: I’m a Coach. It’s my calling…My passion…My heart.
I have over 25 years of executive, management, and organizational development experience and have essentially been training organizations and businesses, their leaders, professionals, and teams of all kinds, for two and a half decades. At the end of the day, however, I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s not about me. My passion is teaching and coaching…preparing young people for the future.
Baseball, more than any other sport, mirrors life. It’s about preparation, mental and physical, and being ready when the moment or the second arrives. All sports, if looked in this way, prepares athletes for life.
I started playing baseball at the age of 5 and have been playing baseball and other competitive sports and/or coaching or officiating for over 43 years. Coaching baseball has my focus for the past 14 years, coaching two teams and two seasons per year for 12 of the 14. I have the awesome opportunity and blessing to lead young people and coach multiple sports.
Coaching and teaching athletes is an incredible responsibility and is one that I take very, very seriously. I believe the impact a coach or an instructor can have on a player cannot be overstated. My goal is to be a part of building young people of character, sportsmanship, integrity, tenacity, determination, and good work ethics…using sports. It is about the student-athletes…period. They should be lifted up and never, ever, put down or demeaned. They should be challenged, pushed to their limits, and held accountable for their actions and attitudes. I will tell you that I am accountable to them as much as they are to me. As a coach and instructor, I set the tone and example. I’m crazy passionate, animated, and vocal. Essentially…I’m a fireball.
I understand the vast demands and requirements of the position of head coach – as an ambassador, advocate, leader, representative, motivator, fundraiser, etc… I also understand that at the end of the day, wins and losses are important…more W’s than L’s, of course. I know that wins are important for schools and athletic departments. I hate to lose more than anyone. However, just as with life, losses will happen. It’s what you do with the losses and wins that is important. Win with humility and lose with grace. But never accept losing.
My coaching & teaching philosophy: Team FIRST…self second. It’s about our teammates. While we may, from time to time, quit on ourselves…we will never quit on each other. Regarding the game, make it simple. Reach players on their level. Stress the fundamentals. Teach the “why” with the skills. Learn the game. Work hard. Have fun. And, as the player’s abilities, skills, and knowledge of the game increases, so does the level of instruction…especially as it relates to strategies and overall nuances of the game. Bottom Line: A game is much more enjoyable to play if you have a good understanding of it.
Lastly, I have three primary requirements of all my players…regardless of the sport: Have a good attitude. Respect others…always. And, give 100% to EVERYTHING we do, on and off the field/court. All of these fall within the philosophy of ALWAYS winning the game of ATTITUDE & EFFORT. It’s the only game we have complete control to win or lose. Win the game of attitude and effort in all we do, on and off the field/court, wins and success will follow.
Choose to win!