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
Coffman will share his thoughts throughout the
2013 season as he did through the 2012 Cape Cod campaign.
for other journal entries
Nov. 12, 2012
The storm is over, good-bye October! Wow, what a month! Practice,
lifting, study table, teaching, recruiting trips, hitting lessons, fall World
Series, and substitute teaching, the crazy life of a junior college assistant.
Ever since I got back from lobster land I hit the ground running. My days have
been jam packed from start to finish.
month started at 4:30 a.m. on October 1. The alarm goes off, I jump out of bed,
shower, get my clothes on, and I’m out the door! This is the day! I am going to
accomplish so much! Well I get about 15 yards outside my door and in the dark I
see a white trash bag. As I walk by the white trash bag I see a little black
creature. I immediately scream and fall down in the wet grass (good thing I took
the time to shower.) As I am getting up off the wet ground, I am thinking to
myself, “I think that was a skunk!!! Don’t they spray???” I think I’m good. So I
get up, walk out to my car, and I start to smell something, I think, well maybe
he got me a little. I get to the office at 5, I have my coffee, I have my music,
and I am just cranking out production, and the smell keeps getting worse. At
5:30 a.m., my office phone goes off and it’s the fitness center below, “Did you
run over a skunk? It smells awful down here!” If anyone else has been sprayed by
a skunk at 4:55 in the morning to start your day, please email me and let me
Red/ Black World Series
the third straight year, Team Black won the annual Wabash Valley Red/Black World
Series. This was by far the most competitive fall ball I have ever been a part
of. The best-of-five series went all five games and ended with freshman Ryan
Quinterro striking out Cole Gleason to seal the deal for the black team. Gleason
actually hit a walk-off home run in Game 1 of the World Series off Quinterro,
but I went right back to him. Ryan is a freshman from Miami who throws between
82-84 with a good breaking ball and change. To see Ryan at a showcase you are
not going to be blown away but he’s an everyday guy. No matter what is asked of
him, he does it to perfection. He gets every single rep, he finishes his runs,
he does well in the classroom and he takes care of his job duties.
OK, if you are a baseball coach, I’m sure you have heard of the
Perfect Game tournament in Jupiter and how big it is. Let me tell you something,
you may have heard how big it is, but you have no idea until you go down there!
OMG! What a great time! It was great hanging out with a lot of coaches I know,
meeting new ones, seeing great baseball, eating Cuban food, and even getting to
hang out with Hurricane Sandy! Good times!
Bash baseball team is now officially done with fall ball and in full blown Get
Big mode. Our boys are lifting four days a week total body and I couldn’t be
happier with the effort. This has been a great group to coach. They work hard in
the weight room, they take care of business in the classroom, and they compete
there butts off on the field. I’m not sure how many games we will win this year,
but I’ll go to war with these guys. So far we have had four pitchers commit to
Division 1 schools: Brandon Allen (Western Kentucky), Matthew Ellenbest
(Morehead State), Clay Wallace (Cincinnati) and Spencer Drake (Cincinnati).
(photos courtesy of Dustin Coffman)