Ryan Brownlee: What has the White Sox's Ace program meant to your career?
I think the best word to put on that is, foundational. From Big Row to Kenny and everyone else, being in the program it put me around people that took the game seriously and played with a lot of love.
RB: How did you choose Claflin coming out of high school?
Honestly, I did not think I was good enough at first but it kind of chose me. I had dreams of going to those big schools that everyone heard of but then you go on a visit, talk with the coach, and start to envision yourself there. I feel like going from De La Salle to an HBCU allowed me to grow into the man I am today.
RB: Did you know you wanted to stay and coach at Claflin when you finished playing?
No, my mom always told me I would be a coach so I never wanted to listen to her. Coach Randall said he needed help and I can shadow him. Then our assistant coach left and he told me I could fill the position and I fell in love with it.
RB: What do baseball coaches need to hear from the strength and conditioning side?
Learning the difference between fluid and rigid movers and understanding mobility is key. I think that is what strength coaches want to do is get players stronger and limit injuries.
RB: What do strength and conditioning coaches need to hear from the baseball side?
That players need to be on the field. The weight room is important and valuable but we need them on the field.
RB: What were some things that stuck out when you got to Vanderbilt?
The attention to details and good people. Everybody in the building wants to be there, nobody wants to go home. Now that I am at the University Missouri it is the same here, it's a home environment.
RB: Do you feel like the new rules changes are going to help?
As a coach we get a better idea of who the kid is as a person. I also feel that the player gets a better idea of what the coaching staff is going to look like.