Questions About College Baseball
Assistant Baseball Coach
the time this interview was done Coach Towe was the recruiting coordinator
and assistant coach at Davidson College.
Towe is now in his fifth year as Head Baseball Coach at Blue
Ridge Community College. Towe has led Blue Ridge CC to 134 wins
and a second place finish in the 2005 Carolina's Junior College
Towe was the top Assistant Baseball Coach and Assistant Director
of Game Management and Operations from 2000-2003 at Davidson College.
In his first season, he assisted the Wildcats to their most wins
and highest seed in eight years in the Southern Conference. During
his time at Davidson College, he coached two players that signed
to play professional baseball.
began his coaching career at Western Carolina University in 1997.
During his two-year span as Assistant Baseball Coach, WCU won 81
games and was ranked in the NCAA Division I Top 25 both seasons.
During Towe's time at WCU, he coached ten players that were selected
in the Major League Baseball Draft and a total of 15 players that
played professional baseball.
important is it for a player to attend a college team's
summer camp? (Assuming that he is interested in a particular
Very important. It gives us a chance to cross check or see
kids for the second time. I evaluate a player two times before
I sign them.
should a player write a letter of introduction to a college
coach? (9th grade, 10th grade, etc.)
Answer: As soon as he s a legal NCAA prospect (beginning
of classes in his ninth grade year) Although we can not write
to him until September 1st of his junior year.
Question: Is it
better to have the high school coach write / send the first
Answer: Either way, as long as all of the players academic
and personal info is available. (Phone #, address, SAT/ACT, grade
point average, primary position, speed, strengths, weaknesses,
Question: Do sending
copies of high school / summer team statistics help? Are
they of value to you, when included with an introductory
Answer: Yes .... BA, SB, HR, B, OB%, BB, .... K, BB, IP,
a player or coach send copies of clippings from local newspapers
that include highlights about the player?
the "online" internet recruiting services taken seriously
by college coaches? Would you recommend them to a high school
player and his family?
Answer: Yes and No .... Some are not quality and schools
range in many ways and needs. Both athletically and academically
a player send a video tape of himself in baseball situations
and games? How important is the editing of the tape? Should
it be professionally done?
Answer: Yes, a player should send a video. Editing is only
important to see his swing, throw run and field. 5 - 6 minutes
worth. Some game film is good to evaluate instincts, speed and
Question: If a
tape is beneficial to you what suggestions would you make?
What should be included?
Answer: Pitching angles, sides & behind plate. Pitchers
in game situations. Batting practice, running times, some game
situations. A good mix of both, but get all tools in the video.
items would you suggest to "leave out" of a tape?
Answer: Music .... Father or Mother speaking
that a player has received and completed / returned a "baseball
questionnaire" from a college, is it a good idea to contact
the coach by telephone?
in your opinion, would be the right time period for a player
to contact a coach? Two part question .... What grade? What
time of year?
Answer: Junior year 11th grade (Spring and Fall)Senior
year 12th grade (Fall). We
prefer seniors and juniors to let us know when and where he
is playing and how interested he is.
the continuous increase in the number of "Showcases", in
recent years ... How important is it for a player to attend
this type of event?
Answer: I believe this is the best way to see kids play,
plus at our camps. Limited time and budgets restrict us from seeing
just a few kids at a time. Showcases let us evaluate 100 - 300
players on one weekend.
the fact that a player has attended an "invitation only"
type Showcase, such as Team One, Area Code or Top Gun help
a player when he expresses an interest in a particular college?
Answer: Yes ... Because the best players are usually selected!
But many of the players at these events do not fit our needs
athletically because the pool is drained by the many showcases.
If he can play he will be seen by a good recruiter.
important is a player's physical appearance? I do not mean
is he 6'-1" tall and weigh 200 pounds. What I am referring
to is tattoos, body piercing, dress, odd hair styles, etc.
Are any or all of these items a "negative" to a college
Answer: They are very negative to me personally, but I
believe in a controlled & disciplined environment. It can be effective.
But this also means a lack of discipline to start with, conversations
and meetings with players are the best way.
Question: If a
player has a bad game, when a college coach is in the stands
watching him for the first time, does that mean it is "over"
as far as that school is concerned
Answer: Answer: A good coach can see and recognize tools
so a bad day is not a huge concern. That is why we look for tools.
important is a player's "attitude appearance" when in a
game or at a practice?
Answer: If he can handle himself, coaches with composure,
it is great. Instincts tell a lot about a player for myself and
Question: I know
that the academic requirements at Davidson and similar small
private colleges is much different than a larger state funded
school. How do you and your staff compensate for that and
still recruit quality student-athletes?
Answer: We send out a lot of letters, hitting the road
and seeing players, calling coaches and responding to every letter
written to us. The biggest thing is being on the road every weekend
June - November and seeing players.
does the cost of a quality education (that Davidson offers)
impact your ability to recruit? Do you have to expand the
geographic area in which you look for players?
Answer: We really expand to the entire country. We are
fortunate to have one of the best, if not the best educations
in the country.
Question: Do you
feel that a southern school like Davidson has an advantage
when trying to recruit a player from the northeastern United
States? Over a school in the north that has similar academic
and tuition requirements?
Answer: Yes. Because of the reputation of Davidson, plus
the year round baseball weather.
Head Baseball Coach / Athletic Director
Blue Ridge Community College
Flat Rock, NC 28731
Ridge Community College