But it wasn't as easy to do as I would have liked.
You see, I was still an Assistant Coach, and as the Pitching Coach, usually the low man on the totem pole.
But I was working for many Head Coaches that were very set in their ways and relied on what they believed worked for them.
When it came to operating the pitching staff, it took a long time for me to be able to gain enough trust and confidence in them to let me have the pitching staff completely.
In games, I eventually was able to do everything that needed to be done, EXCEPT make pitching personnel changes.
It was very frustrating because I knew that we could do more than what we were doing.
It almost felt like a restriction had been placed on me and the pitching staff and the excuse was that "you can't plan for everything...so you have to be able to just make decisions as they come."
I must have heard that reasoning a million times.
Finally, I was able to become the Head Coach myself when I left the college ranks and went into the High School level.
Once I was finally free to do as I pleased and fully implement the systems that I had been working on for years, practicing, adjusting, honing and perfecting....then I was able to develop one of the most dominating pitching staffs in the country.