I think the first thing about being a “top assistant coach” is your loyalty to the head coach and then to be able to implement your personality into the overall culture that the head coach wants presented.
I’ve had the luxury of working under/alongside and playing for some great coaches. I started at Cortland State, a Division-III school in upstate New York that is a national contender each year. I played Steve Owens (who’s now the head coach at Bryant University) and I picked up a lot from him as far as your work ethic and the energy you bring every day, paying attention to small details as a player, and most importantly a mentality and passion that he has for everything he does.
Then I had the opportunity to become an assistant coach at my alma mater (Cortland State) under Joe Brown, who was my pitching coach in college. I learned there how to separate myself, at a young age, from the players. I was there for a few years and then got the opportunity to work with Ed Blankmeyer at St. John’s, one of the better baseball minds in the country in my opinion. He’s a tremendous in-game manager and has a tremendous feel for the game. The major thing I have him to thank for is giving me the opportunity to be an assistant coach at a Division I school, which is not easy to do when you’re moving from Division III. He also gave me the opportunity to control the pitching staff. He taught me a lot of things along the way but he never ‘stepped on my toes,’ by giving me his knowledge and then asking me to implement it in my own way. Then Coach [Tim] Corbin presented an opportunity at Vanderbilt and I just thought it was a great opportunity for my family and my career at this time. He’s a coach I really wanted to work alongside of and continue to learn more about the game and most importantly the importance of the way you treat people and your players. I’m really enjoying being part of the culture and family known as Vanderbilt Baseball!
The thing you can take the most out of going from Division III to Division I is that not everybody has the same amount of resources, but that doesn’t stop you from being successful. You can make do with what you have if tap into your imagination and creativity. As coach Corbin would say “You can make a lot out of a little!” That can carry with you forever and that will not ever change in me. We continue to do things here with resources but they are never taken for granted which is very pleasing to me. Your work ethic doesn’t change with a change of shirt; you are who you are; you’re still coaching baseball and most importantly working to find a way to connect with your guys.
The easy one is throwing strikes but I attack it a little different way.READ THE REST