The Dirtbag brand

Troy Buckley (Long Beach State Athletics/John Fajardo)

After winning 38 games at Long Beach State- the most wins for the program since 2008- Troy Buckley has the ‘Dirtbags’ back on the map Continue reading

Interview with Tom Roy, UPI

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Tom Roy is the president and founder of UPI. He played minor league baseball in the Giants organization and has coached at the high school and college level. He has also been a team chaplain for the Chicago White Sox and has conducted baseball camps and clinics internationally. He is a baseball “lifer,” having been involved in the game as a player, coach, chaplain, clinician, radio personality and author for over fifty years.  I recently caught up with Tom at the NCCAA Baseball Tournament in Mason, Ohio and asked him the following questions: Continue reading

The value of the team-first mind

by Jason Kuhnnavy seal teamworkBrotherhood does not mean we agree on every last thing. It doesn’t mean we have to like each other all that much. It means we choose to set aside our differences to serve a cause greater than ourselves. This happens naturally in war. In its most raw form, the cause becomes to stay alive. Our differences become very silly when we’re driving into a gunfight. We commit ourselves to proper teamwork in service to our cause, because the cause is worth it. 

Whether combat or competition, we have all experienced the power in proper teamwork and do our best to communicate the concept to our team. Reflecting on my time on the baseball field and the battlefield, I now teach teamwork as the following: Continue reading