Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?
One of the biggest things that I look for when recruiting is the athlete’s attitude or “demeanor” on the field. I want a mentally tough kid who can handle failure as well as he handles success. I’m looking for a kid who is going to be a great, unselfish teammate; he cares about the team’s success more than his own. I’m looking for a kid who is going to be strong academically; it gives the coach one less thing to worry about. I want a hard worker; a player who has the drive and desire to be better. If he has these traits, I want him on my team.
Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?
We have a sophomore outfielder who came in last year as a freshman and was an average player at best. He is the hardest worker that I have ever seen. He committed himself in the weight room and on the field. He had a decent freshman year after we didn’t really expect him to play at all. This year, he has been great. He is our best hitter and should be an all-conference player. His hard work and dedication are the most impressive that I have ever seen, and he is seeing the results of his hard work pay off on the field.