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
Feb. 5, 2013
4 days! Wow, where has the time gone?? It seems like just yesterday I was
getting back from Lobster Land starting my third fall in Mt. Vegas. Now we are
less than a week from our first game! What a journey! This has been my favorite
group of kids I have coached. First and foremost, they are a great group of
kids. They work hard, stay out of trouble, and compete hard at anything we put
in front of them. The second reason is that this group came in so athletic, raw,
with so much room for growth, and it has been really cool to see these kids
grow. If you saw us in the fall, our story was we had a good pitching staff,
good defense, but the offense was going to be a little shaky. Well, after months
and months of hard work in the cage, I think we will be much improved! Special
shout out to the “Godfather,” K-Long, Pro hitter’s Workout is a difference
maker! Go buy it!
Speaking of difference-makers, we had three key additions at
break. The first is Justin Garcia, a left-handed hitting outfielder from Miami.
Justin should help provide some pop to the WVC offense. Spencer Sapp, a
left-handed pitcher from Jasper, Indiana, transferred from Indiana University at
break. Sapp, a 6’4 215-pound LHP, has been up to 87 in his bullpens and could be
a possible rotational guy for the Warriors. The final addition was Edgar
Figueroa, who will be leading off and playing shortstop for WVC. It’s very
exciting to get talented players that will help your club, but it’s even better
when you get good players that are also good people and we feel really blessed
to have added these three to our roster.
has been a really great learning experience for me this year to be a part of
this coaching staff. Our head coach, Rob Fournier, who has been doing the
offense the last 16 years here at WVC, took over this year as pitching coach.
That’s a huge transition and he has done a great job. Bobby Segal, who took over
for Rob as the hitting coach, has brought a lot to the program. The baserunning,
recruiting scheme and mental game have been huge additions to the program and I
feel our guys have really bought in. I don’t know what is going to happen this
year, but I do know these two have worked there butts off and are going to do
everything it takes to put this program in a position to be successful.
I wish all of you the best of luck in 2013
(photos courtesy of Dustin Coffman)