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for the relationship between the two
to thrive, both must be aligned in their
organizational standards as well as
their strategic beliefs so that their
players will get a single, consistent
message. With all that in mind, when
I entered the coaching profession, I
thought I had to be the next Fred Hill.
Being able to work under the guy
I played for in college - and who
immensely helped me develop as
a player- made for a pretty natural
transition at the start. I knew his
sayings. I knew how he coached.
I knew what he believed. But as
I began to find my own voice as a
coach, I quickly learned that it was
impossible for me, a new coach with
NO experience as a coach, to be the
same as an ABCA Hall of Famer with
more than 1,000 career wins.
The process of finding yourself as
a coach can be as long of a journey
as it is to find yourself as a player.
The funny part was that baseball
was the least of my worries, as I was
pretty confident in my foundation of
knowing the game. It was actually
the coaching in general where I was
all over the map. It was a challenge
at times to understand how to handle
players on the field and off, how to
create cohesion on a staff, or how
to disagree with something without
causing dissension.
By the time I left Rutgers to join
the Red Sox in 2012, I had grown
leaps and bounds both personally
and professionally over the previous
six years. But as the new guy in the
organization as an A-ball hitting
coach, I was much like a rookie in the
clubhouse, unsure exactly of my place
in this new environment. The general
rule was the same in professional
baseball, where hitting coaches and
pitching coaches are not only an
extension of their club's manager
but also a vital branch of an entire
organizational philosophy. I was hired
to coach hitters in Greenville and I
needed to figure out the best way to
do that. How hands-on did I need to
be? Could I implement different things
with different hitters? What would our
daily routine be?
There was no handbook to answer
all of my questions, but it was clear
that experience through trial and
error would be my best teacher,
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