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February = Softball

Thursday, February 16, 2012 | 3 Comments

Good morning y’all!

2012 has been great thus far, and I hope it has for all of you as well. With the new year, spring season has come, which means softball. The Hilltoppers’ season hasn’t started the way we would hope. We currently have a 2-4 record, but have a 4 games in the next three days, so we have the chance to add to the W column!

Coaching isn’t new to me, but it’s always a challenge. Athletes tick just a little bit different, and finding out what motivates them is the biggest piece of the puzzle. I find that I take coaching more personal than I should. Any failure feels like somewhere I didn’t do my job in preparing them, but at the same time I’ve recognized that a lot of the feelings I get as a coach are because we don’t control anything that happens in the game. As a player, you play the game. You are in control. As a coach, you have to take confidence in the fact you’ve given your players all the tools to be successful.

Last night kicked off another career opportunity for me. The Longhorn Network has reached out to allow me to be the color analyst for Longhorn games when I can. When not coaching with the Hilltoppers I get to commentate at UT. It’s an exciting position, and I’m eager to learn and improve.

Rehab is going well. I am able to run again, and lift a little. Throwing is coming along slower than I’d like, but not slower than projected by the doctors, so I’m on pace. The next few weeks should be some big steps.

I wanted to answer some questions for you guys again, so here they are:

Danny Speegle asked: Outside of sports, what is another talent or interest that you would have enjoyed as a career?

Sports have been a major part of my life for as long as I can remember, but when I was younger I enjoyed art a lot. That may be why I still paint from time to time. I believe being an artist or a photographer would be a fun career.

Steve Nick asked: What’s your favorite pizza topping?

If we have to go with traditional toppings, Pepperoni is my absolute favorite. However, my favorite pizza is buffalo chicken pizza, mainly from BJ’s but I get it at Double Daves and Dominos too.

Jim Burton asked: What’s the perfect relaxation day for you?

Most people like to sleep, but I think that’s wasting away the day. I enjoy the outdoors so hiking is fun and relaxing. I enjoy food, so follow that with a great meal somewhere fun. I could also spend a day reading by the pool!

Thanks for reading… #8

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1493527870 Rob Hawkins

    Glad to see your rehab is coming along well. Coaching is definitely both rewarding and puzzling. You will do great just keep a positive attitude. 

  • Anonymous

    Hello – hope things are well.  Trying to reach you or Gary.  This is Diana Holland of ProWay Baseball Academy in Houston, Texas. Chis took lessons there.  Sorry to use this blog but your “contact” page on your website does not have a submit button for your management team.  Regarding quick question for Cy Springs, University of Houston and University of Texas.  diana-holland@att.net

  • tripletroublejtd

    Hi, I’m a mom of an 11 year old daughter.  She plays softball both travel and recreation.  She is also a left handed pitcher.  I was wondering if you could offer me any advice.  I’ve been watching a lot of your videos with you pitching in them.  I have had several different coaches for her, but the problem I seem to be finding is that they are all very fimilar with how to coach a right handed pitcher, but are lost when given a left handed one.  Her coaches say that she has a very unique left handed spin that she can put on the ball, but I have not been able to find anybody to help me advance her skills.  Did your parents ever have problems locating a coach for you or do you have any recommendations on what to look for in a good coach, I don’t want her going down the wrong path.  You can respond here or email me at michele509a@comcast.net.  Thank you so very much in advance for any help you can give me.  Keep up the wonderful job.