Coach Interview Series: Rob McCoy (Niagara University)
Where did you grow up and what is your playing background?
I grew up in Eastern Oregon in a small town called Halfway. I played 2 years of JuCo ball at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, OR and 2 years at Dakota Wesleyan University, a small NAIA school in Mitchell, SD.
What made you want to become a coach?
I loved the game, and I loved sharing my knowledge of the game. The more I got into it, the more I liked the mentoring aspect of coaching. There’s nothing more rewarding for me than to see my players succeed on and off the field as well as in their future.
Who has been your biggest mentor and what is the most important thing you’ve learned?
I have had countless mentors in coaching. Most of them don’t even know it! I study other coaches very intently and try to learn as much as possible from them. If I had to get specific, I would say my college coach, Coach Adam Neisius at Friends University, and Scott Gines at Texas A&M – Kingsville, my college athletic director. Both of those men got me into coaching and taught me the value of hard work and paying your dues from the bottom, up.
Who is one of your current or previous players that you’re most proud of helping improve and how did you do it?
I’m proud of all my players that improve. To improve at the college level always takes a high level of work ethic and energy, and the player has to really want it. Anyone who is willing to work that hard to better themselves and this program makes me very proud.
What helps you determine a prospect’s character, work ethic, and competitiveness?
We ask questions. The number one question we ask coaches of kids we are recruiting is, “Do they love to play the game of baseball?” That may sound obvious, but some players can play a long time without truly loving the game. We feel that if they REALLY love baseball, then they will work extremely hard to improve and they will compete their tails off. The answer to the character question is easy, they either have it or they don’t.
How long have you been on FieldLevel and why did you join?
Three years. We joined to gain access to more recruits from different areas across the country. It is a tremendous tool for communicating with coaches and players from places we wouldn’t normally recruit. Additionally, it gives us the ability to create a database with which to track and communicate with our recruits.