Dave Serrano, former UC-Irvine’s baseball coach, as well as the 2007 Baseball America’s coach of the year holds his team to the highest standards even when cleaning up after practice. They are required to maintain their concentration even when setting up and clearing the field. UCI turned clearing the field into a competitive game, timing how fast they can take down the batting cage, screens, and tarps. They got so proficient at it, they could do it in 27 seconds.
Serrano believes that focusing on these simple things was critical in building his successful program at UCI. Serrano is currently the head coach at California State University, Northridge.
—Adapted from Baseball America
A Season In Words by Dan Spainhour