Dustin Coffman is in his fourth 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 was again this past 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 2013 season as he did through the 2012 Cape Cod campaign.


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August 30, 2012


Welcome to the Bash


It’s 10 a.m. in Mount Carmel, Ill., and there are between 20 and 30 scouts at the Wabash Valley baseball field. For those of you who have never heard of Mount Carmel, Ill., no worries. I don’t think it is even on a map. We are located about 30 miles west of Evansville, Ind., and all we have in our town is Mount Carmel High School football, Wabash Valley Athletics, and a Subway. That is it!


This will be my third year at WVC. In my first two years, we have had 45 and 48 games, and have been knocking on the door for a regional berth. Over the past two years we have had 13 kids sign Division 1 scholarships to schools like Louisville, Southern Mississippi, Western Kentucky, Murray State, Ohio State and Eastern Illinois.


This year’s team looks to be loaded with more Division 1 talent. Saturday, at our pro day here at the college, RHP pitcher Spencer Drake from Louisville got up to 92, while Brandon Allen and Kyle Rupe sat 87-89, touching some 90’s. Transfer outfielder Garrett Gordon ran a 6.5 60, threw 88 from the outfield, while smashing six balls over the fence.


So far I really like our team. It’s not the most talented group I have coached, but I feel like we have kids that are here to play ball and there is a lot of room for growth. It has been a whirlwind since I got back from Lobster land. The first few dates running back and forth to the airport picking up players, getting classes set up, dorm work, paperwork, paperwork, and oh yeah more paperwork. GOOD TIMES.


We have been practicing for two weeks now and like I said earlier, I have been impressed by the way the kids have gone about their business. On paper, our pitching staff should be pretty strong. Brandon Allen is coming back after going 8-0 for us last year with a 1.63 ERA, and this year we add transfers Kyle Rupe from Indiana State and Spencer Drake from University of Kentucky. We are experienced at catcher with both James Jewell and Conner Dishman returning. And, oh yeah, the best hitter in the league is back in Cole Gleason, who out of high school in Arizona was an Under Armor All-American.


On paper it looks good, but who cares. As I’ve found out over my brief career, it always looks good on paper. Let’s see what these kids look like here in a few weeks.





(photos courtesy of Dustin Coffman)