“Honestly I didn’t think I was going to be a baseball coach. I grew up in a small town close to Chapel Hill, Sanford, N.C., really a country town and a country lifestyle. My dad owned his own construction business for 35 years and in the back of my mind, I thought I was going to play college baseball and come back and go to work outside using my hands.
I went to a junior college my first year at Middle Georgia and I didn’t do as well as I should have academically, so my options were limited. I ended up at North Carolina Wesleyan, played there for three years and when I got done I had one year left of school and [Mike Fox] asked if I wanted to be a student assistant. I said sure; I thought it would pass the time quicker and give me a chance to hang around all my former teammates that were still playing. I loved it.
The next year, Coach Fox got the job [at UNC] and there was a volunteer position open and I thought that would be fun; it was such a higher level than where I played. When I got there, Roger Williams was the pitching coach and Chad Holbrook was the recruiting coordinator and they took me under their wings and treated me well, we had so much fun. And honestly the next thing you know, it’s been 15 years later!
It’s something that I love to do, I’ve been blessed. I just really enjoy every day.”
On versatility as a coach…
“I pitched growing up and caught in college. I coached first base and recruited a little bit during my first job in Division III. For two years as a volunteer at UNC I worked with corner infielders and catchers and shared an office with Roger [Williams], who does an unbelievable job as a pitching coach. That was such a great experience, looking back on it.
When the opportunity came at Winthrop and Coach Hudak hired me, I worked with the hitters and was the recruiting coordinator. I also coached third base. It’s really helped me to READ THE REST