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How important is liking the coach?

Updated: Mar 3, 2019

Do not underestimate the power of a great quality head coach and coaching staff. Conversely, do not underestimate the power of a negative, poor quality head coach and coaching staff.

Whether positive or negative, your college coach is bound to have a significant impact on your life.

If you spend 4 years at the same college, that’s about 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 8 months of the year on the practice field with your coach. That’s roughly 2000 hours. And this number does not include game days, study tables and team building exercises. All told, you may spend more than 3000 hours with a coach and his staff.

A great coach can make a player better and make him reach beyond his limits. He can make him enjoy the sport of baseball even more. A great coach is a leader of young men who helps develop them during the formative ages of 18-22. A great coach can impact a player for the rest of his life and help shape his choices forever.  

A poor coach can do just the opposite. He can make practices drag on forever. He may not have the player's best interest at heart. He may be a poor communicator, and a player may leave his program wishing he had gone somewhere else. 

Keep in mind that you shouldn’t judge the coaches solely based on your recruiting visit. Understand, like you, they are putting their best foot forward at this time. The more background you can get on a coach, the more likely you are to get an accurate reading of who he is as a man and a coach.

There is a lot that goes into making a college baseball decision. Some things you may have to compromise on, but the coaching staff should not be one of them.

For more information about the College Athlete Advantage Recruiting Program please call Mike Orchard @ 407-489-7509 or email:

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