John Savage interview

John Savage and the 2013 National Champion UCLA Briuns (AP photo)

John Savage and the 2013 National Champion UCLA Briuns (AP photo)

John Savage has been at the helm of the UCLA baseball program since 2005, guiding the Bruins to the NCAA postseason in seven of the last eight seasons. This past season, he surpassed the 300-win mark at UCLA and the 400-win mark in his coaching career. Before UCLA, Savage restarted the baseball program at UC-Irvine, and led the Anteaters to an NCAA Regional in just his third year. He’s also one of just six active head coaches to coach a no. 1 overall MLB draft pick, a Golden Spikes Award winner, and lead his team to Omaha.

A former assistant at the University of Nevada and the University of Southern California, Savage is a graduate of Santa Clara University, where he pitched for three seasons before signing with the Cincinnati Reds after being drafted in the 16th Round. Savage was a 6 th-rounder out of High School at Reno (NV), where he began his coaching career. He and wife Lisa have four children: Julia, Jack, Ryan and Gabrielle.

Inside Pitch recently had the chance to catch up with Coach Savage about some unique opportunities that coaching has provided him and some of the philosophies he implements at UCLA: Continue reading

Kevin O’Sullivan interview

osullivanInside Pitch caught up with Univeristy of Florida head coach Kevin O’Sullivan, who is married to wife Barbara Jo and has a daughter, Payton Tyler O’Sullivan, to discuss just how he’s made the Gator chomp so vicious.

Inside Pitch: When did you realize you were going to be a coach?

Kevin O’Sullivan: After I graduated from the University of Virginia I basically had two career paths: physical therapy or med school, or get into the coaching side of things. I graduated in December, so I had the spring semester at home in Jupiter (Fl.), where I did some substitute teaching and got into high school coaching and from that point on, I knew it was what I was going to do.

A big influence on me was Bob Shaw. He lived in my hometown and took me under his wing. It was very eye opening, an opportunity that most people don’t get. After practice, we’d go get something to eat and we’d break it down: pitching, bunting, base running, infield play, you name it. He was such a knowledgeable guy in all phases of the game and to this day, I still remember writing notes down on napkins, going home and thinking about some of the things we spoke about. Continue reading

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