October 29, 2009
Innings with Bruce
By Phil Stanton
Peddie was promoted to head coach at New Orleans in August after
Tom Walter resigned to become head coach at Wake Forest. Peddie
was associate head coach with the Privateers for three years.
Peddie was head coach at
Division II Shippensburg (Pa.) for 11 seasons, earning five NCAA
Tournament bids and reaching the College World Series in 1996.
A 1987 graduate of Mansfield, Peddie was an
assistant coach at his alma mater from 1989 to 1995. The
Mounties appeared in four NCAA Regionals and reached the CWS
Peddie recently took time
to answer our questions about his promotion at UNO.
First Inning – In your experience, what has
been the biggest difference so far in being a head coach versus
being an assistant coach?
As the associate head coach, I was recruiting
coordinator and hitting coach. Now, I have to oversee those
areas as well as deal with the administration, faculty and all
other related areas. It’s a change but I have had very good
mentors along the way and Coach Walter showed me the way over
the past three years.
Second Inning – What did you learn most from
Coach Walter showed me how to deal with many
aspects at this level. First and foremost was his personal and
caring way for individuals from all over the country. We've had
kids who come from the surf to the mountains and big and little
cities. He was passionate and showed respect to all of the
kids. The biggest thing was how he handled the aftermath of
Katrina and making sure the kids were safe and staying on task
academically. He's very organized and goes out of his way for
Third Inning – Outfielder Rodarrick Jones had
a strong summer in the New York Collegiate Baseball League. What
do you expect from him in his sophomore season?
Roe will be counted on for his energy and
leadership as well as his bat. He is an unreal athlete and his
work ethic makes everyone better around him. We need him to
continue to provide power in the middle of the line-up.
Inning – What do the Privateers have to do to climb in the Sun
I really believe we’re going to be very
offensive. We will go as far as the pitching and defense can
take us. We have a chance to be special if we can stay healthy.
Fifth Inning – What have you seen so far in
fall practice for UNO?
We’re swinging the bats and consistently throwing
strikes. Throughout the program there is a ton of competition
for many spots and the energy has been great.
Sixth Inning – You reached the Division II
College World Series three times as an assistant coach at
Mansfield and once as head coach at Shippensburg. Have you
imagined what it would be like to take UNO to Omaha?
Since I arrived four years ago that has been our
goal to get back to Omaha. Coach Walter has us going in the
right direction and we continue to have the same goal. I really
believe this program can reach Omaha and we will daily work in
Seventh Inning – LSU won the national
championship this past season. Does that help all college
baseball in the state of Louisiana?
It’s brought great recognition to our state.
Having four schools reach Omaha from Louisiana as well as two
junior colleges making the JUCO World Series, our state has many
great opportunities through college baseball.
Eighth Inning – You spent many years coaching
in the state of Pennsylvania. Do you miss the snow?
I miss the change of seasons, but when it comes
spring time the weather here is such a benefit. I will never
complain about the heat or humidity.
Ninth Inning – The city of New Orleans is
known for its great food. Do you have a favorite local dish?
I've had many great dishes but BBQ Shrimp and
Crawfish Boils can't be beat.
(photos courtesy of UNO Media