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.
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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August 1, 2012
now the Bourne Braves are 13-22 and sit in last place in the Western Division.
It’s been a long summer and year for both players and coaches.
I think this is a critical time for each of us; this is the time
of the year when you really learn what somebody is really all about. This is
when you really learn about yourself. Like Kevin Long said, "How bad do you want
it?" It’s so easy to say I want to play pro ball or I want to be a D-I head
coach, but this is a test. Are you willing to grind it out? This is the time of
year when players in the league start to shut it down, I’m hurt, I’m going to go
home, my fastball doesn’t have the same life it had earlier in the year, I
better shut it down, I’ve accomplished what I’ve needed to accomplish, or I miss
my girlfriend. Ha-ha. That’s one reason the Cape All-Star Game is so late in the
summer to hopefully keep kids here.
always hear that this guy is a good player, this guy works hard, this guy is
tough, the guy loves baseball, but this is when you can really tell. Before the
players got here, most of them played around 60 games with seasons starting back
in February, now we are 35 games into the Cape season where every night you are
facing the best of the best. So most of us now today have been involved in about
95 games since February. No matter how much you love baseball, it’s a lot. From
the freezing weather of February to the 100-degree July days, practices, rain
outs, fog outs, travel, and oh yeah, the off days (ha-ha what’s that?) It’s a
grind, and as I have commented time and time again in my blogs it has really
been beaten into my head the importance of having high make-up kids. “Baseball
think it’s amazing the evolution I have had in the way I look at our players,
and I’m sure everyone in the league experiences this. You get to the field the
first day and you see all these big-time prospects, with unbelievable speed,
big-time arms, and guys hitting balls into the lights during batting practice.
You hear what so-and-so did this year, or how much this guy got offered, or what
this guy’s velocity is, and it really excites you. You get this picture in your
head what it’s going to be like. But in my brief three-year coaching career, it
has never once panned out the way I thought it would. You are always surprised
good and bad. Now 35 games into it, most of those guys didn’t show up, are gone,
or didn’t really do anything (except Colin Moran). It’s really cool to see guys
like Tyler King, Jaron Long, Mason Robbins, Austin Wynns, Mike Ahmed, Colin
Moran etc. who I can tell are soaking up every minute of being here. It’s not a
grind to them, it’s their life. It’s really cool to see a guy like Hawtin
Buchanan ,who when he got here from Ole Miss looked like a deer in the head
lights with no confidence, now he’s sitting 94-96 closing for the Braves. He has
the look, same look Moran has, same look Travis Jankowski had, they know pay day
is coming. I think it’s really cool to see a guy like pitcher Shane Taylor, who
in his first few outings couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat, now he’s
putting together strong outings. Jack Reinheimer, who I figured would be a solid
backup infielder, is now one of our top hitters and everyday shortstop. (Shows
what I know)
For a coach with a 13-22 record you would think I’d be miserable,
cutting my wrist, or wanting to go jump off the Bourne Bridge. But I don’t, I
feel amazing, I feel proud because I know myself as well as everyone else
involved in the team has put ourselves in a position to be successful. Every day
we show up, we work hard, and we learn. We learn about baseball, people, life,
and most importantly, ourselves. How bad do you want it?
(photos courtesy of Dustin Coffman)