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Coaching Baseball: Developing and Evaluating Assistants

John Jarnagin

Head Baseball Coach University of Montevallo

John Jarnagin, Head Baseball Coach from the University of Montevallo, shares his approach to developing and evaluating assistance coaches. Beginning with the traits to look for when selecting and assistance, the discussion offers advice for developing your assistants and then evaluating their performance.

Coaching Baseball: Developing and Evaluating Assistants - Part One

Coach begins this video series by discussing the most important aspect of choosing an assistance coach. First and foremost character is paramount. Work ethic is also extremely important in selecting an assistant baseball coach.

Coaching Baseball: Developing and Evaluating Assistants - Part Two

This video segment goes on to discuss the important qualities to look for in selecting an assistant baseball coach. Someone with experience is ideal, but not always easy to come by so having a good plan is essential. Coach also discusses the challenges when inheriting assistants and an approaches to make the transition successful.

Coaching Baseball: Developing and Evaluating Assistants - Part Three

Getting on the same page is a critical aspect in creating a successful coaching staff. Communication, transparency, and working toward the same goals help in developing assistant coaches.

Coaching Baseball: Developing and Evaluating Assistants - Part Four

Coach begins this segment with the use of volunteers as assistant coaches. This video also give tips on how to treat and respond to volunteer assistants. Demonstrating trust for these volunteers by giving them responsibilities help develop the volunteers as good assistants.

Coaching Baseball: Developing and Evaluating Assistants - Part Five

When developing an assistant baseball coach it is imperative that you come to know him personally and professionally. Recognizing that there is life outside of baseball is important on building good relationships with assistance. A big part of the relationship on and off the diamond is good, effective communication. Adding responsibilities as the assistant grows will elevate trust as well.

Coaching Baseball: Developing and Evaluating Assistants - Part Six

It's essential that the Head Coach invest in the Assistant Coach. The Head Coach has an opportunity to make a difference by working hard to develop an assistant through investment and trust.

Coaching Baseball: Developing and Evaluating Assistants - Part Seven

In the final segment of this baseball coaching series, Coach discusses how to evaluate your assistant coach. The goal is to work to have your assistant exceed your own performance. Is the team better due to your assistant's work? Does he have the respect of the team? These are just few of the things to use in evaluating an assistant coach. Coach discusses this and more.