Coach Al Brisack Describes The Most Difficult Skill Set To Evaluate

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…

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Smartt Advice as Your Son Moves Through the Amateur Ranks

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…

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Boston College Coach Explains What Parents and Players Need to Understand About Recruiting

Boston College Coach Explains What Parents and Players Need to Understand About Recruiting

Greg Sullivan is in his sixth season as an assistant coach for the Boston College baseball team.  Coach Sullivan is one of the three primary recruiters on staff. He is also responsible for running the Boston College Baseball Camps. Coach Sullivan discusses the difficulties of recruiting and provides a brief glimpse behind the scenes of college baseball recruiting. Recruiting players is very hard. Recruiting is looking into a crystal ball and trying to predict how…

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Great Book! One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard

Great Book! One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard

I really enjoyed this book. I would think about Lefty when “the spindly curveball artist John Heneberry” took the mound. A fantastic story about coaching and being a team. Holidays are approaching, stocking stuffer for your baseball dad, BOOM!  Done. One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season by Chris Ballard In 1971, a small-town high school baseball team from rural Illinois playing with hand-me-down uniforms and peace signs on…

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Playing at the Highest Level – Air Force Academy Graduate 2nd Lt. Ben Yokley

Playing at the Highest Level – Air Force Academy Graduate 2nd Lt. Ben Yokley

When I asked 2nd Lt. Ben Yokley of Air Force baseball, who was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 29th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, what it takes to play at the highest level, his response reminded me that baseball is a game of failure. You have to be willing to strike out, make an error, or lose a game and at the same time not lose your drive,…

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It’s Not Just Baseball, It’s A Higher Calling – Coach Kaz on Playing for the Air Force Academy

It’s Not Just Baseball, It’s A Higher Calling – Coach Kaz on Playing for the Air Force Academy

What does it take to play baseball for the United States Air Force Academy?  According to Coach Mike Kazlausky (Coach Kaz), it takes much more than just being a baseball player. Coach Kaz: Recruiting at the Academy, we look for the whole person concept and not just an athlete in a sport. The recruit has to have the intellect, character, and honor to be able to handle such a prestigious school. We do so much more…

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for your Baseball Dad

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for your Baseball Dad

Finding a gift for a dad can be pretty tough.  But if you have a baseball dad, don’t worry, I got this. This is my wheel house. Every year I list a few things that I would enjoy receiving, call it Rusty’s Favorite Things..move over Oprah. Here are a few ideas that will bring joy to your baseball dad….trust me! (as always, I don’t get paid or perked by any of these products) Hey Lefty! Keep…

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CSULB Coach Cautions Parents: Raise Men, Not Just Ballplayers

CSULB Coach Cautions Parents: Raise Men, Not Just Ballplayers

If you’ve read my blog before, you’ve probably figured out by now that Lefty plays for a travel ball organization called MIT. What you might not know is that while MIT officially stands for Mentoring, Instruction and Training, my wife and some of the other MIT moms often joke that it should really stand for “Men in Training” (because of the important life lessons our kids are learning through baseball.) Looks like the MIT moms…

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