John Love | Assistant Coach | Baseball | Hiram College

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

1) Our program is looking for players with a strong work ethic and hustle. When we scout a high school baseball game, we always watch defensive pregame to see if our targeted players are working hard to get game speed repetitions or just doing what they are expected to do. We also look to see if they run on and off the field between innings. If they are hustling all the time we expect they will work hard for us. We want players who will work beyond the allotted practice and weight training time. Most of our starting players lift and hit off the tee extra every day when no one is watching.

2) We want players who will bring energy to the table. In baseball, the game is not always exciting. We value those players who will get excited and bring energy to the club to start a rally during the middle innings. You do not have to be in the game to have energy. A spark in the dugout can be just as effective to gain momentum.

3) Leadership is so important. Nothing is worse than having a team that doesn’t respect each other. It may not be a vocal leader or as a freshman but a player should learn how to act and what things are acceptable and unacceptable as they grow as a person and player. Aimless talent is not much good.