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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Feb. 22 2013


Checkpoint in the Process


It all started months or years ago. You heard about or saw a possible “GUY,” front-line arm, middle-of-the-order bat, a no-brainer, an impact guy. You called, emailed, mailed, begged, pleaded to get the kid on campus. All fall you have put your heart and soul into this “guy,” making sure he is prepared. In the off-season, your strength coach has built this guy into a man putting 20 pounds on him. In January, you’ve had great practices and prepared this kid for every possible situation he will face in the game. This is going to be the guy, the difference-maker, the guy that takes your program to the next level! But before the first game, even the first two weeks, you have this knot in your stomach; this thought in the back of your head, I hope he can do it! I hope this kid pans out! My butt is gone if he isn’t! Ha-ha have you ever gone through this? Don’t BS me, we all have, that’s why you travel all over the country and make all the calls.


That’s what we are going through right now, trying to see if the guys we thought we recruited or players who had great success in the fall are going to be able to carry it over when it counts! So far our guys have been, as they have been since they showed up on campus, “everyday guys.” Just like in practice, school, weight room, pool, color war, or whatever we have put in front of them, they go about their business and give their best. Right now we sit 6-1 on the year, dropping a game to a good Jackson St. team out of Tennessee. As we thought, the pitching and defense have been great, and on offense we scrap it together. The record’s cute and all but to me, it’s all about the culture/process. Our guys in practice, on the bench, or on the field, get after it. They are a competitive group and are working to better themselves and beat you! I love it! Results are results but when you have guys with some talent, some athleticism, and that nastiness to want to get after somebody, I like our chances.


We have a great group but a guy who really stands out on our team is Clay Wallace. Now if you are from the Midwest and you just saw that Clay Wallace is one of our guys with that nastiness, you probably think I’m not a credible writer and stopped reading after that line. Wallace, who was highly touted out of high school, really relied on God-given ability. When Clay arrived in Mount Vegas last year, he knew everything, didn’t need to lift weights, run, or work hard. He was Clay Wallace and he just turns it on in the game. I saw it coming. We had talks, we had knockdown dragouts, and Clay ended up having a subpar year and didn’t pitch much down the stretch. I tried to send him somewhere to play summer ball but he said he was going to go home to get a trainer and work out all summer. This really upset me. I really believe the summer is a critical time for growth and plus, I knew Clay’s work ethic in the weight room.


This fall when I returned, I was on my Navy Seal/cross-fit kick, so one day I had the team do it with me. Clay, the guy who last year would have complained about running and then finished dead last, smoked all of our butts! He set the tone for his year that day. I randomly ran into him at Subway in the fall and we were talking about schools recruiting him. He told me, ‘I just want a chance to play D-I. I don’t need money, I just want a chance.’ I know I can pitch at that level. Well, the University of Cincinnati rolled the dice and took a chance on Clay and I really believe it is going to pay off for the Bearcats. Clay Wallace is now 1-0 with a save, getting us out of critical situations, and will start Sunday. Wow, a guy with talent that works hard is having success? How about that? Thanks Wally, its guys like you that make being a coach the best job in the world!


If you need junior college players I will be tweeting after every game on how our sophomores did as well as talented Juco players I like on other teams we play so follow me on twitter at Dustin Coffman @Dustin_coffman or email me at coffmand@iecc.edu


P.S. Matt Pletzke hit 92 this past weekend with a good breaking ball, might want to get on him.


Good luck this weekend boys!






(photos courtesy of Dustin Coffman)