Pat Bailey- Head Baseball Coach, Oregon State University
In this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I welcome Pat Bailey. Pat started coaching right out of college both high school baseball and football. He focused on becoming a part of programs he aligned with philosophically. He took over as head coach at Oregon State and shares with us common practices that make his team successful season after season.
The transition from assistant coach to head coach and how to make it smooth
Practical ways to reinforce expectations with the players and team
How Pat integrates competition into each practice
The benefits of vision training and why it is emphasized on Pat’s team
How Pat incorporates vision training into his daily practices
The power of using data in baseball practices
How perfecting the launch angle can improve batting
The college recruiting process according to Pat
Individual development tactics at Oregon State
How to build professional relationships with the players
What Pat intentionally does differently than other teams to be better
How to practice being a better decision maker
3 Key Points:
Pat Bailey has a different approach to coaching than others. Starting young as a coach he shares how he became the coach that he is and emphasizes how his experiences as a student as well as having his own kids caused him to shift his coaching focus.
Vision training is an important part of Pat’s training program. Just like the other muscles in our bodies our eyes need to be trained to work together and see the fast balls.
More than anything, Pat recognizes the impact a coach has on a child’s life. He focuses on building character, and in the process the winning piece takes care of itself.
“I would not have taken an assistant job if it wasn't with somebody that I really felt that were similar philosophically.” - Pat Bailey (4:26)
“We're here to build man of character. And that's number one mission that we have as as coaches. Iit's the most important thing we do.” - Pat Bailey (5:27)
“He introduced me to his vision training staff, and one of the things he said, man, it really made sense and there's a lot more to it than what I'm going to share here, but what he said to me was that, “your eyes are muscles, and why would you not train your eyes just like you go and lift weights?” And, of course, you can get both your eyes to work together.” - Pat Bailey (17:33)
“It's not about you winning as a cause. It's about helping them become men and helping them become good teammates and helping them to really just and enjoying care for one another, then the winning part takes care of itself.” - Pat Bailey (35:35)
“I bet you the time you spent with your players on a daily basis is more time they spend with their parents.” - Pat Bailey (39:24)
“I just hope the coach is really buy into what I talked about in terms of this being a relation building business and we're here to build that because it's going to make our country better. We have coaches buying that because we have a huge impact on young people's lives.” - Pat Bailey (54:49)
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