Dustin Coffman is completing his third year of coaching college baseball. He began his coaching career as a student manager at Indiana University in 2009 and was promoted the following year to volunteer assistant. Coffman spent the 2010 summer in the Coastal Plain League with the Edenton Steamers, who finished Top 5 in the country. From Edenton, Coffman took his first paid position at Wabash Valley College. Over the past two seasons, the Warriors have compiled a 93-30 record and have been ranked as high as No. 3 in NJCAA baseball. In summer 2011, Coffman was hired to be an assistant baseball coach with the Bourne Braves in the storied Cape Cod League where he will return this summer.


A native of Granger, Ind., Coffman earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Indiana in 2009 and is working on a master’s degree in applied sports studies from IU.


Coffman will share his thoughts throughout the 2012 Cape Cod season.


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July 20, 2012


Master of Craft


Bad [dude]. He gets [stuff] done.


That was how New York Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long described Alex Rodriguez to our team Monday before our game. From his lifting, nutrition, mental game, stretching, not staying out too late, hitting routine, treatment, fielding routine, A-Rod gets stuff done. It took Long 18 years in the minors both as a player and a coach to make it to the big leagues before finally getting the call from Brian Cashman to be in charge of the most expensive offense in baseball. It really comes down to being a competitor and wanting it more in pro ball.


“Put yourself in a position to be successful,” Long said. “Everyone is talented, but who is willing to grind it out, make sacrifices, be away from their family, make adjustments, put in the time, pay their dues, come for early work, stay late after the game, not stay out all night.”


Love it! This summer all the little clichés you always hear about with sports or in trying to achieve something big have been beaten in one side of my head and out the other. What an amazing environment and cool thing to get to be around people like this guy. P.S. Go buy his DVD Pro Hitter’s Workout. It’s amazing!


Wednesday our team headed up to Fenway Park in Boston for our Pro Day. Our players ran 60’s, took batting practice, and finished the day by taking infield/outfield in front of representatives from every Major League team. It’s a real treat for the players and coaches to be at Fenway Park, getting to see the Green Monster, walk around the concourse, take lots of pictures, let alone be on the field working out. Mike Ahmed was our fastest runner, running 60 in 6.65. Our catcher, Austin Winnz, was a consistent 1.85 with his pop time, and our first baseman, Chase McDonald, tried his best to knock the light tower down in left field over the monster by hitting what Mason Robbins calls “TANKERs” during batting practice.


Our top prospect this summer is Colin Moran from the University of North Carolina. He is a pro bat, he hits for average, and if he wanted to he could hit the ball out of Yellowstone National Park. It’s been real interesting for me to watch him progress from last summer to where he is now. Last year as a freshman, he was first team All-American, ACC Freshman of the Year, and a Cape League All-Star. He doesn’t say a whole lot, keeps to himself, and I really don’t think he cares what a whole lot of people think. But it is interesting if you watch him take BP, every swing he takes has a purpose. He stays real short, really works on hitting the ball the other way, and hits a lot of ground balls. I started working out this week in the afternoon right before batting practice, who do I see? Colin Moran.


Maybe Kevin Long was right. Actions speak louder than words






(photos courtesy of Dustin Coffman)