A baseball coach told me a long time ago that if you’re any good, you don’t have to tell anybody. That has always resonated with me and is something I always applied while playing, raising my kids, and now in coaching. However I realize it’s important for parents to know who will be coaching their son and what qualifications they have to develop them physically, mentally, and socially.
My first assignment at grad school was to write my own obituary and present it to faculty and classmates. I believe the point was to have some reflection on what I thought I accomplished and who I thought I influenced along the way. I’m taking the same approach with this coaching bio. I coach like I played. Give me a team full of hustling athletes and I’ll beat you more times than not. That’s the FIRST thing I look for in assembling a successful team. Big bats and big arms are nice, but developing youth baseball players start with hustle, awareness, and mental toughness.
I was an all-state football player in high school but baseball was my first love. Fortunately for me (and my parents) I received scholarships to play baseball. I decided to attend Three Rivers Junior College in south Missouri. We produced 85 wins in two years and one win away from advancing to the Junior College World Series. Two teammates made it to the big leagues and all went on to play D1. I finished my college career at Butler University where I was 1st team All-Conference and team MVP. I played one year of pro ball after graduation and eventually settled down in the Indy area. I went on to play another 12+ years of competitive men’s fast pitch softball because, of course, I couldn’t stop competing.
I was lucky to have both a son and daughter who wanted to play sports and compete. I told them I would coach them as long as they wanted me to – including soccer, basketball, football, and baseball. I communicate regularly to many current college, high school and travel coaches to hear their thoughts and input on drills, inspiration, preparation, etc. I want to fully utilize my experiences and network of baseball minds to integrate into my approach in developing players. At the younger youth level (8-12 years old) my goal is to help your son grow as a baseball player so he will excel on his middle school team and, ultimately, his high school team. Along the way I will teach and develop his baseball skills, his approach to competing in other sports, how to be a better teammate, better student, and a better person.
A native of Middletown, IN Cain earned his AA in Business at TRCC in Poplar Bluff, MO, BS in Finance at
Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, Business Education at Ball State University in Muncie, IN and MBA at
The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN.