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A Discussion About NCAA Division 3 Programs
Head Baseball Coach
The former MC standout has been quick to establish the Fighting Scots Baseball program as one of the best in the NCAA Division III South Region. Maryville came out of the decade of the 80's winning only 36% of all their contests. During the 90's MC posted a 60% winning percentage with every school record being re-established. Due to the Scots resurgence, Coach Etchison was named Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association's 1997 Division II and III Coach of the Year
Question: Can a Division 3 baseball program offer "paid for"
recruiting visits? (like at D1 and D2 schools)
Answer: Division III institutions athletically do not offer "paid for"
recruiting visits. Any meal, meal reimbursement, room, hotel reimbursement,
entertainment or travel expense reimbursement would be an extension of the
individual schools admission department. Each and every student-athlete is
extended the same rights and priviledges as the student body population.
A student-athlete can be transported at cost or discount by an institution
if it issued through the admissions department. Meals, entertainment and
lodging have a cap and time limit.
Question: As a small D3 program how do you define the "geography"
of your recruiting area?|
Answer: Most schools on our level recruit geographically
within a 5-9 hour perimeter. Such visits are costly for the school
and are not sponsored (paid for) by a majority of DIII schools. The
limit consists in the economic diversity of the admissions department.
Question: How would you compare the baseball talent at a the
D3 schools to those of other classifications?|
Answer: The only deviation in talent in the Division III athlete
and those of other classifications is the consistency of the athletes
performance, and the "cruising velocity" of the pitchers.
I define a pitcher's velocity as not the top speed they can hit on a gun,
but the "cruising velocity" that a pitcher maintains over 35 pitches of
work. I take the mean average of all velocities and pitch types. With
regards to hitting -- Maryville College ranked #3 nationally in team
batting average at .377 last season.
Addition comment about DIII talent .... Billy Wagner - DIII,
Eric Owens - DIII. There were 34 DIII baseball players taken in
last years professional draft.
Question: What is the general opinion of Division III baseball
coaches about the "online internet recruiting services?"
Answer: I am not a big fan of the online recruiting services.
When talking to my fellow coaches across DIII they are in agreement
that they are really expensive mailing lists.
I feel that a player and his high school coach can achieve the same
results. I like to hear from the coach who has been around the athlete
for at least two years.
Question: What percentage of your baseball players receive
academic assistance (scholarships, etc.)?|
Answer: 100% of my current players are on some form of
academic assistance from Maryville College
labs needed for a great many of our majors. Most schools do not have this flexibility of philosophy. Our national rankings over the past eight years have aided Maryville College in attracting some very talented student-athletes. They can play baseball, be successful, and still attain their goals of becoming a lawyer, a doctor .....
Now for some general comments about the NCAA Division III baseball experience.
In my ten (10) years at Maryville College we have graduated over 100 student-athletes and had only two sign professional contracts. I tell players that we will give them the best baseball education, but they need to have their priorities on attaining one of the best educations in the country! We graduate 100% of our baseball players.
I actively recruit the best student-athlete in my geographical area. I attack our positional needs as well as go after 3.25 gpa, and 20+ on the ACT or 1000+ on the SAT. These types of students are very successful within our academic structure, and they can attain financial assistance because they worked hard in high school.
70% of my squad comes from our area. I grew up in Ohio, so I have former coaching contacts that send me recommendations. I have eight former players that are now head coaches, in Florida, they too send recommendations. I prefer to see each player in person, but my former players know what it takes to be successful within our system and they send me some great leads.
If a student-athlete has academic priorities, we are an excellent choice. We arrange our schedule to
For more information about Maryville College baseball use this link
Coach Eric Etchison
502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, TN 37804
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