6 Useful Statistics for the High School Baseball Coach

by Adam Newland, Madison County (GA) High School and Matt Thompson, Cass (GA) High School 

Despite the protests of Goose Gossage, analytics in baseball are here to stay.  Instead of relying solely on the eye test, coaches are now armed with statistics that can help them gain a competitive advantage in ways which may escape the naked eye. Continue reading

Recruiting 101

Bo Martino, Assistant Coach, Northeast Texas JC

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Bo Martino, Assistant Coach, Northeast Texas CC  CJ Wamsley, Assistant Coach, Ohio University Stephanos Stroop, Assistant Coach, St. Petersburg College
Rank the following: exit speed, velo from position, 60 time Exit speed off tee, velo from position, 60 time 60 times, velo from position, exit speed. In order of importance: 60 times, exit speed, velo from position
What is a must-have for players you recruit? Feel for the game. Easier to refine skills then teach them. It’s one thing to be athletic but to have feel, it takes a recruit to the next level. For me, it’s feel. On the field, phone, in person. Could be knowing the game or returning phone calls/ texts in a timely manner. Effectively communicate. Competitive nature
What is the biggest ‘red flag?’ A big red flag in potential recruits is when they talk bad about previous coaches they have had in their playing career. One is a kid telling the Twitter world every offer they get.  Another is parents not understanding their role, which should just be supportive and informative. If they can’t look me in the eye

Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina

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Gary Gilmore led his Coastal Carolina Chanticleers through a gauntlet of challenges to the 2016 national title. Down to its last strike in the Raleigh Regional, the Chants dug down deep to upend North Carolina State. The following weekend, CCU traveled to Alex Box Stadium and upset the perennial powerhouse LSU Tigers. Their award for advancing to the College World Series was a first round matchup with the Florida Gators, the nation’s top seed.

A 1980 Coastal Carolina alum himself, Gilmore has been a head coach for 27 years at the college level, 21 with the Chanticleers. His 1,100th win as a head coach was one that claimed the 2016 national championship trophy. We chatted with “Gilly” recently about the “stepping stones” that his program took on the way to the top (including living in a camper just beyond the outfield fence during his first year at CCU), his family life, and how his team “monkeyed around” in the dugout this past year… all the way to a national championship. Continue reading

7 Mistakes Coaches Make for Retirement

Doug Davis has been around the sports community all of his life. With a family of Mississippi State athletes, Doug’s dad and uncle were highly-accomplished football players, Doug played varsity tennis, and his nephew was the Bulldog’s baseball captain a decade ago. Considering this history, coupled with advising investors since 1985, Doug has compiled this list of why so many coaches struggle with their retirement game plan. 

1. Waiting Too Long Continue reading

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Oddball


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Things are getting a little strange around Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. In a good way. The museum and Ripley’s have teamed up to create a brand new exhibition, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Oddball™. The Oddball exhibit showcases Ripley’s bizarre baseball treasures and other unbelievable findings. The show runs March 5, 2016 – January 8, 2017. This is the first time Ripley’s has done a special exhibition with a baseball theme, and the extraordinary show is included with the regular price of admission. Continue reading