You Become What You Believe!

If only more kids were taught the value of hard work…Or, were actually given credit for their hard work instead of being blamed and told this game isn’t for them.  

It's sad to say but most of the mechanical problems you see are Man-Made.  

It's true.  

Seriously think about it.  When we played the game, you never asked how to use your legs did ya?  Didn't think so. 

Anyways, I thought I'd introduce myself to you by sharinig my personal story as a college coach.

And more importantly, I want you to know how anything is possible if you actually BELIEVE in yourself and have the desire to do whatever it takes to accomplish your goals in life…(Honestly, this is one of the most important posts I’ve ever written.)

You Become What You Believe!

Personally, I was not the greatest pitcher.

Sure, I pitched at the D1 level….let me start over.

Sure, I was on the roster of a D1 roster.

However, it’s typically scrubs like myself that realize they aren’t very good and have to fight harder for an advantage. If the old saying is actually true…”The best players usually make the worst coaches.”

Then I’d be a Hall of Fame coach.

But, the Hall of Fame isn’t calling my name anytime soon.

Maybe this is your first time visiting the site or maybe you already follow me.  Either way, I want you to know I look at pitching mechanics and coaching much differently than anything you've seen before.   

I believe the #1 responsibility of a coach is….Communication!  

That's coaching in it's purest form.  And here's what I recommend to the 1,000's of coaches I either talk or consult with each year....

  • Get to know your players
  • Build the development plan around their individual strengths
  • And the only way to make this happen is by asking questions.

So, I ask a lot of questions.  

But, I’ll be honest. I have a hard time doing so. And here’s why.

After spending 8 years climbing the NCAA college coaching ranks, I experienced my fair share of hard times. Looking back, I wouldn’t trade those bumps in the road for any amount of money.

I started out as a 29 year old assistant coach, a single dad, living in a 15×15 dorm room making $385 a month….

And my roommate was a 4 year old little girl that reminded you of the little girl from “Remember the Titans.”  (In fact, I’d left a job making $40,000 per year to chase my dream.)

Home to me and my 4-year old daughter, Ryley (Who’s now 18 and goes to college out in California!)

To say, we got tired of the cafeteria food, was an understatement.  Next, I meet my wife of 10 years, Mandy while working at a boys home.

Without her support, I wouldn’t be where I am today.  Luckily, after 2 years of coaching at the JUCO level, I received a call from Lipscomb University with an offer to become their volunteer pitching coach. 

Here was our chance to make it.

For the first time ever, I saw the light and realized the days of sneaking around and turning ‘on the water’ (after the water company shut it off for the 5th month in a row) were almost over. (After meeting Mandy, we actually rented a $175 a month apartment and got out of the dorm.)

But, then again, we were packing up and moving to Nashville with only $1250 in the bank account.  In fact, I’d set up that camp with the help of some friends in order to even have the money to make it to Nashville.

The volunteer position is a necessary road for any coach wanting to reach the pinnacles of college baseball coaching ranks. It requires 75-100 hour work weeks for ZERO dollars. In case you didn't know, it’s illegal to pay your volunteer coaches.

So, here I am at 31 years old with a 6 year old daughter, a broken down Chevy Cavalier with 3 bald tires and one spare…We actually drove on the spare tire for 3 months and 1200 miles….

Maybe it’s a record, definitely a record in stupidity, but your kids lunch money comes before road safety.

However, I from the old school, and I’m a firm believer that nothing is handed to you…“If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” And there was nothing that was going to keep me from being one of the top pitching coaches in the game of college baseball.

Nothing!

Over the next 3 years, our pitching staffs at Lipscomb would rise to the top and we had several pitchers listed amongst the Top 25 in several categories.

Over a period of 4 years, 5 would be drafted including a first round pick in Rex Brothers. (From the 2008 NCAA Regional team, we actually have 3 players in MLB…these kids are the epitome of grinders and they’re what you pray your son will grow up to be.

  1. Josh Smith - Oakland A's starting pitcher
  2. Rex Brothers - Atlanta Braves relief pitcher
  3. Caleb Joseph - Baltimore Orioles catcher

In 2010, we moved on to a higher paying gig….

I was making the BIG BUCKS at $32,000 with a family of (now) 4, to Monroe, LA.  (It was the same city now famous for the hit show Duck Dynasty.)

After enjoying 2 years in LA, our family had grown to 5, with the birth of our son.

And that’s when I got the call.

A friend of mine, whom is a MLB agent, called and asked if I’d be interested in training 5 of his clients.

And I said yes!

So, we packed up and moved to Nashville once again.  During that first winter, I had the opportunity to work with 5 young pitchers just getting started in minor league baseball. And today, I can sit back, turn on ESPN and proudly watch 2 of the first 5, pitch in MLB uniforms.

 

 

L-R: Nick Tropeano (Angels), Dennis O’Grady (Padres), Justin Grimm (Cubs), Me, Neil Ramirez (Cubs), Eric Fruechtemeyer Special Advisor to James Jones

 

 

Over the course of my journey, I learned some valuable lessons.

Regardless, of your career dreams, you’ll never make it to where you want to be without the support of your family, or, faith. As you know, Life is filled with ups and downs and the emotional toll of coaching college baseball can be grueling.

I often compared the emotional ups and downs to being a part-time over-the-road truck driver, due to the demanding travel…And the other part of the job to a hardened Wall Street Broker.  

  • As a college coach, your entire livelihood changes by the hour, it’s short lived, measured by your W/L’s.
  • Your career and your ability to put food on the table is at the mercy of the 17 year old boys’ decisions, whom you’re recruiting.  
  • Do that in any other profession and you'd probably be arrested. lol

But, through it all, I wouldn’t change a thing.

  • I’ve learned to treat every day as if it’s my last.  
  • I value every passing second time spent with my family and friends.

Through it all, I’ve learned a valuable lesson…

‘If you want something bad enough…You’re going to have to put in the time and effort, even when others tell you you’re crazy…. Because anything is possible, if you believe it and are willing to go above and beyond what many think is impossible, you can do it!”

So, there you have it.

And now you know the reasoning behind my frustration when I see internet marketers claiming to be pitching experts.  Or maybe you didn't know but you will ;). I'm sorry but it drives me crazy with all the info you see out there on the net these days.  Guys feeding you crap, even though they’ve never paid their dues or coached a day in their life…

And some, never played the game.

We both know that it's a business, but still... And whenever I hear one them say…

“My staff and I believe it’s entirely possible for every kid can to throw the ball 90 mph, if you work hard enough”

I know for a fact, it’s not true!  

But, it’s very possible for every kid to experience first-hand the value of hard work and how anything worth having comes with a price…And most importantly-Learning the powers that come with believing in yourself and experiencing the unbridled feeling of over-achieving can be accomplished through the mind, even when its entirely impossible for the physical body.

And that my friend, will take you much further in Life than a 90 mph fastball!

I’ll be the first to say I don’t know it all….

It’s why I rely on my list of college coaching buddies to learn more. It’s why I spend time speaking with doctors and many of the top minds in the fields of sports medicine.

  • That’s why I wake up everyday realizing…“The more I learn, the less I know.” 
  • The reason I do it…Because I’ve learned anytime I put my name to something, it counts!

In the end, you won’t remembered for your personal accolades…

You’ll be remembered for what you left behind and measured by the lives you’ve impacted.

And although this sounds like an easy choice…

Most kids don’t know where to start or what to do next.

And although, parents are willing to do whatever it takes to give their son’s a chance to succeed…

  • Many young pitchers and parents, never experience the Life lessons learned through baseball because of bad experiences that comes from arrogant, know-it-all coaches and instructors….Attempting to force-feed their beliefs, and ‘one-size-fits-all’ philosophy.
  • When this happens, young pitchers are cheated, blamed and told this game isn’t for them. And that’s why I do what I do.

If you need help, feel like you’re lost, confused by everything you read/hear and see about pitching and just not where to start or what to do next…

I can help.

Simply click this link to get started.  

No worries, it's 100% FREE.  We'll start by assessing where you rank against others you age in velocity.  Next, I'll follow up with a couple of letters you'll find waiting inside your email box.  

And if at anytime you'd like to connect with me, you can do that either on Twitter or inside my "Invite Only Pitching Inner-Circle" which is totally free to you.  

The only thing I ask is this... 

  • Once you join, be sure introduce yourself. 
  • It's always nice putting a face to the name. 

Trust what you FEEL