Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?
First and foremost, talent. You have to be able to play the game in order for us to recruit you. I do not think that can be understated. After talent, the recruit has to have grades. Preferably, a 3.5, or a 25 ACT or in the top 20% of their class so we can stack academic and athletic aid. Lastly, the PSA has to be a decent person. I have coached one too many idiots or people who are selfish.
Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?
I am currently coaching a kid that fits that profile. He is a 5th year senior catcher, who is a walk on. He has gone from being a non-factor, to being a person that is going to be our backup catcher and graduate this year.