Jamestown’s Coach Sparks Hope For Baseball Team
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John Cole, Jamestown’s new baseball coach, plans to have a good season this spring. One of his strategies is to provide plenty of practice time. He has already improved the baseball field by putting in a new bullpen and by making the field playable even when it gets wet.
Coach Cole has 25 years of coaching experience at the college level, 15 of them as a head coach. He coached at the University of Pennsylvania for eight years and at Rowan University, in New Jersey for seven years. He was also an assistant coach at Christopher Newport University, the University of North Carolina, at Dartmouth and at William and Mary.
Not only is Coach Cole an experienced coach, he is also an experienced player. He played baseball at Ithaca University and went on to play shortstop for Class-A-Boise, a minor league baseball team in Idaho.
This year, however, he has big plans for the Jamestown’s baseball team. He wants the players to “play better and get better everyday in practice and games,” Coach Cole said. He also wants his players to“Practice hard, fast and pay attention to detail to put players in a place to be successful and teach them to be unselfish and play as a team.”
“I chose Jamestown because it was close to home and I thought I could make a difference.” Coach Cole said he wants to “Put the players in a place to be successful and teach them to be unselfish and play as a team.”
Coach Cole has been a positive addition, according to his players, “He’s engaged with us at all times and loves to be involved as much as he can,”senior pitcher Kent Klyman said. “He takes his job very seriously and wants us to be a winning program for years to come.”
Coach Cole is preparing his players for the best season possible. “He has a set goal and has had that from his first day here.” senior pitcher and outfielder Brad Vandygriff said.
Junior varsity Coach Woods Woolwine said that he likes Coach Cole’s coaching strategies. “He has seen the game at the highest level so his strategies are far more advanced than you normally see at the high school level. Lots of small details in his strategies.”
The Eagle’s first game is away at Tabb on March 15 Their first home game is March 22 against Lafayette High School.