The majority of the coaches in the audience at every ABCA convention doesn’t have anywhere close to the same resources of those presenting. They have less man-power on their coaching staffs; a smaller budget for developmental tools; fields that are literally just fields, not facilities. All of those limitations force those coaches to be more creative in order to make their players and teams better.
The five themes discovered in this study offer a brief and limited look into the minds and personalities of elite DI head baseball coaches who have demonstrated transformational and culture-building competencies and skillsets.
I have always been intrigued with hitting approaches… especially those that deal with two strike situations. Early in my playing career, I would feel angered, embarrassed and/or guilty walking back to the dugout after a strikeout- a feeling I never really got over.
The real eye-opening moment for me that a culture change was needed came on the field. In the high-pressure, crucial moments that decided emotional games, I noticed something in my teams that I didn’t like: they all looked to me.
I’m a competition guy, I just love to compete. Whether it’s hit and run drill or base running or a fly ball drill- we try to have some competition. At the end of practice every day where there’s a winner and there’s a loser, or maybe everybody wins or everybody loses if we don’t catch every fly ball.
As hard as it is to put a finger on exactly what a competitive player is, it is even harder to explain what a competitive coach looks like. To this end, I did some research into the topic by asking some coaches and former coaches that I admire the simple question, “What does a competitive coach look like?”
“I enjoy coaching so much, it’s just a part of me.”