Talk about going from zero to hero. I was now that middle of the order guy that pitchers feared. My last two years in college I hit a total of 36 home runs and was named All-American while leading my team to the World Series. I carried myself differently, had rock-solid confidence, and absolutely loved coming to the ball park. I improved my bat speed 17 MPH in the course of a single off season. I developed into a complete hitter.
I was living proof that good hitters can be made and weren’t “just born with it”.
I couldn’t run well, was a fairly poor fielder with an average arm but now I could hit, and that alone allowed me to play professional baseball for a short period of time.
Not many guys can make that claim – especially guys that hit .235 in high school.
When my professional playing days were done, I still wanted to be a part of the game. I became a volunteer coach at the local community college. I wanted to give the players I coached the edge that allowed me to go from bench player to All-American.
Two years into my time there I was asked to be the head coach when the existing head coach moved on. I wasn’t sure the who head coaching thing was for me, but I took the leap and within two years we’d set the school record for wins in a season and had become known as an offensive powerhouse.
Shortly thereafter, I accepted the head coaching job at Urbana University, a small school in Southwestern Ohio. It had been a struggling program prior to my arrival. In my second year at Urbana we won 37 games, engineered the greatest turnaround in NAIA Baseball history and were ranked in the top 25 in the country in nearly every offensive category. Our team set school records in nearly every category in my 3 year stay at Urbana.
The next stop for me was the University of Dayton. In 2009 we were conference champs for the first time in school history. That team was ranked in the top 25 in nearly every Division I offensive category. More importantly, during my three years at Dayton we had more players drafted than in the previous history of the program. I started to become known for my ability to develop an intimidating offense and consistently be part of to turning programs into winners.
In 2010, I had to chance to move back to my hometown of Cleveland and took the Head Coaching position at Baldwin Wallace, where I have been ever since. In 2014 we finished fifth at the College World Series and were ranked as high as 2nd in the country in 2015.
Why do I tell you all this?
Because my approach to developing the Complete Hitter has been proven on the field. First during my time as a player, then in four different programs.
This isn’t stuff that just works in the cage…it’s proven to produce Championship and Professional caliber players that reach their potential.