Hello college baseball fans! Thanks for checking in on my first installment here on College Baseball Lineup. I am honored to be a part of CBL’s stable of baseball bloggers. Thanks to those guys for the opportunity to share some thoughts on both our program here at Seattle University, as well as our great game in general. I hope some of you find my ramblings at least mildly interesting. I will do my best to provide some insight into what is happening on the west coast baseball scene, and certainly with our club up here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I would love to hear from anyone out there with comments, suggestions, and/or questions. You can also follow me on Twitter – @coachferg.
This has been a whirlwind year for me personally and professionally, having joined the staff at SU this past summer, just weeks after the season ended for my previous school, Tacoma Community College. I had spent the last five seasons as the head coach there, but was intrigued by what Donny Harrel was building up the road in Seattle. I had to decide whether or not I wanted to go back to being an assistant coach after running my own program for several years. I also had to make the incredibly difficult decision to leave the players I had recruited and coached. In the end, the chance to work with the coaches here at Seattle U, all of whom I had known for years, and to be involved in laying the foundation of a great Division I program was too much to pass up. My wife has been incredibly supportive through this transition, as we have two very small children and she is having quite a few more nights without me home, as the travel at the Division I level is obviously much greater than at the junior college level. So far I am energized by the new challenge and have thoroughly enjoyed working with this new crop of players. They are full of passion for the game, and they come to the facility every day ready to learn. There is nothing more invigorating for a college baseball coach than young men who are not satisfied with the status quo and who are humble enough to truly accept coaching.
For most of the country, and honestly, even to some in our region, Seattle University, or Seattle U as we are more commonly referred to, is a bit of an unknown entity. Our athletic department, and really the whole school, is engaged in a big marketing push to change that. We are currently in the midst of our NCAA transition from Division II to Division I, and the baseball program is only in year two after a roughly 30 year hiatus. Needless to say we have our challenges as we work to fully phase in our new budgets, get all the teams equipped, get our facilities upgraded and/or built, and find a conference affiliation. Nevertheless, it is an incredibly exciting time around campus and this city. Our alumni base is fired up and filled with pride as they get to watch their alma mater take the diamond once again. It has been so much fun to get to meet the players that built the SU tradition that this new crop of players hopes to take to even greater heights.
As we rapidly approach the first pitch of the 2011 season, it’s hard not to get antsy and lose focus on the daily work that has to be done. Everyone with Redhawks Baseball is chomping at the bit to go out and make a statement but we have to continue to grind right up until we are wheels-up on Alaska Airlines headed to LA to battle Cal St Northridge. I will do my best to help them do that. I will also do my best to give you all out there something to read that won’t make you want to start watching The Real Housewives of Lake Erie. Talk to y’all next week…