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
April 1, 2013
my time at Indiana University, with the newest collegebaseballinsider.com
blogger Tracy Smith, I picked up a lot. I swore after Ty Neal cut me I was done
with baseball. A few years of living it up on Kirkwood and Walnut I got sucked
back in, I never had a choice. I always knew I wanted to be in baseball but
never thought I would be able to coach D1 baseball. One day when I was interning
with the IU strength & conditioning department, Skip was on his P90x kick and I
kept asking him question after question about what he does and he finally told
me I should come out the next fall and be a student manager. To make a long
story short I helped out the following fall, worked hard, and got the break of a
lifetime. The thing that has stuck with me from my experience with Skip and the
Hoosiers is the “How do you want to be remembered?” quote I heard talked about
time after time.
now we are halfway through our year and being around these players and coaches I
have been really starting to give it a lot of thought on how I am going to
remember each and every kid on this team. This team is a special group and has a
good blend of personalities. I will remember guys like Brandon Allen who came in
here as a number 12 and worked his way to being a No. 1 and earning a big
scholarship to a great university. I’ll remember how Spencer Drake came from
University of Kentucky after not pitching much as a freshman and dominating the
NJCAA, always with a smile on his face. I’ll remember the “bulkers,” guys like
Garrett Gordon, Harold Diaz, Dennis Olzewski and Jeff Smith who loved the weight
room. I’ll remember the kids who showed up every day with a good attitude and
did what they were supposed to do even if they were not playing much. The
confidence/arrogance of Cole Gleason walking to the plate in clutch situations.
Before each and every at-bat, Tim Barry spitting hard before he’d step in the
box and hit a laser beam.
great story I shared previously that I will always hold onto was how Clay
Wallace went from lazy know-it-all as a freshman to one of the hardest workers
and fiercest competitors as a sophomore. How a guy like Manuel DeJesus, who was
a dead pull hitter that nobody thought he could hit after fall ball, is now
driving balls hard the other way and one of our leaders in quality at-bats. How
patient Spencer Sapp was for his first opportunity to start on the hill for the
Warriors and how he has taken advantage of his opportunity and run with it. How
automatic Edgar Figueroa was at shortstop, and how easy he made each and every
play look. The long bus trips, the conversations and long debates that go on
inside the “HOGG” are priceless. It’s amazing how these kids have it all figured
out. How thirsty Tyler Shewmaker and Nick Barrientos are to learn the game,
soaking in everything they can during both practice and games. I’ll always
remember all the long hours Coach Fournier and Segal put in day after day trying
to get the most out each and every kid.
It’s crazy I’m almost through my third year in Mt. Vegas, time is
going so fast. Some days it really excites me and other days it really scares
me. As for me, my goal is to finish this season strong and leave a lasting
impression with my teammates/family. My goal is to be remembered as someone who
genuinely cared for each and every individual. When my players look back I hope
they can say that guy really developed me, I can do things now that I never knew
I was capable of. If I can do these two things and continue to learn and grow
everyday then this year was a major success in my book.
(photos courtesy of Dustin Coffman)