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Coach Al Brisack Describes The Most Difficult Skill Set To Evaluate

In the 2017 season, Coach Brisack will be entering his 18th year as the Edgewood College skipper . Brisack, the winningest baseball coach in Edgewood College history, has won three conference titles, taken the Eagles to two NCAA Division III National Tournaments, and finished one game from the World Series in 2005.  The Eagles have only failed to play in post-season three times under Brisack’s leadership. One thing becomes clear after speaking with Coach Brisack, he is looking for players who can handle adversity.  "As much as we can, we try to know how a potential player is going to handle adversity" states Coach Brisack.  "College is tough – the speed of the game is an adjustment, the speed of the academic work is an adjustment, the discipline it takes to balance new-found social freedom is an adjustment, the time commitments are an adjustment. Every college player will have to deal with failure and adversity. The good ones respond in a positive manner and get better. …
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Smartt Advice as Your Son Moves Through the Amateur Ranks

Mark Smartt is in his first season as the Head Coach at Troy University in 2016. He has been the Recruiting Coordinator and lead assistant coach the last 13 years at Troy, his alma mater. He was the head coach at the University of West Alabama for six seasons and this year will be his 27th season as a collegiate coach. Coach Smartt played on two NCAA Division II National Championship teams at Troy in 1986 and 1987.   As a college baseball coach, I have enjoyed the opportunity to recruit many players over the last 20+ years. Throughout my time as a coach, recruiting has changed dramatically in terms of the volume of opportunity young players have today. My generation of players simply did not have the same type of exposure that players have today. I grew up in Georgia and the first time I participated on a baseball field in the fall was my freshman year in college. We practiced and played baseball during the spring and summer months as there were no fall leagues or ga…
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