I am currently an assistant coach with Florida State University where my responsibilities include outfield instruction and coaching 1st base. Over the years, I've had many roles in baseball including being a pitching coach/recruiting coordinator at Western Kentucky University, a minor league pitching coach for the Toronto Blue Jays organization, high school head coach, owner of a travel ball organization and as a parent coach in Little League.
As a player, I was fortunate to play for Jerry Weinstein at Sacramento City College, Mike Martin at Florida State University and Ron Fraser with Team USA. For most of my amateur career, I was a dual position player as a pitcher and infielder. I was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals as a pitcher and pitched 4 years in the minor leagues for both the Cardinals and Mets.
My experience coaching at virtually every level including Little League, travel ball, high school, college and pro ball has shaped my baseball thought process tremendously. What works at one level or one time era doesn't necessarily work now. More than ever, a coach's ability to adjust his thinking is crucial to his team's success. I can truly say that at the age of 51, I am a better coach today because I made a decision to keep an open mind and give outside thoughts a chance that didn't necessarily fit my view. Baseball twitter over the past three years has really helped me to challenge my beliefs and I can honestly say that many of my beliefs have changed as a result of Baseball Twitter conversations with other coaches and instructors.
I am a big believer that you must challenge your beliefs constantly. Otherwise you will never truly know what you believe in. New information is available everyday and the coach that embraces that truth will ultimately end up the winner. My advice to anyone coaching this great game is to commit to constant instructional growth. Question and test everything. It's the only way you will find the truth, Whatever that truth may be.