Pitcher/Infielder & Experienced High School Head Coach Seeking European for 2021
Name: Devin Gardner
Weight: 200 lbskg
DOB: February 7, 1995
Date Available: May 10, 2020Will Pay Flight
Positions: Coach, Youth Coach, OF, SP, RP, RF, CF, LF
Positions (alt): Youth Coach, Utl, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS
College: Midland University
I am a hard working player who enjoys coaching just as much as playing. My coaching philosophy is a little unique because I grew up and still coach in an impoverished area where baseball is probably the 6th most popular sport so getting athletes is tough. Any day at practice I go from teaching the basic fundamentals to kids just learning the game to teaching advanced tactics and strategies to kids who will go off to college. I’m all about players being able to play anywhere on the field and enjoying the small things the game gives you. I’ve always believed in playing with 100% effort and playing for the guys on your team. I’ve found when you play for the people around you, you not only enjoy the game that much more, but you play that much better.
I have coached here for 10 years at all ages. Having the opportunity to coach overseas at any age would be a dream, knowing how much ground baseball is catching overseas. Also, the experience would help me with my future endeavors to improve baseball in my hometown. Although I am comfortable and experienced coaching all aspects of the game, my strongest asset is coaching pitching and outfield.
My whole career I have been a leader on the teams I have played on, leading with my play. I bring high energy to the ballpark because of my joy of playing. On the offensive side of the ball I bring an elite bat to the plate due to my bat control and ability to spray the ball around the park. I have also been known to have great power. Defensively, I have experience at every position on the field but I am best suited in the outfield due to my speed, reads, and elite arm strength(90 mph from RF to 3B when radar gunned). As a pitcher I have 4 pitches: Fastball (84-87 with run), Circle Changeup, Curve Ball, and Slider. I currently play in multiple leagues housing current and ex college players and am a standout each time on the diamond.
Abilities summary: Athletic utility player with power and bat control at the plate. College level experience at each position
|2009-12||Volunteer Youth Coach||Benson Little League|
|2014-16||Head JV Coach||High School||Nebraska Athletic Association|
|2017-Present||Head Coach||Omaha Benson High School||Nebraska Athletic Association||Run weekly practices coaching all aspects of the game. I also hold extra training sessions with kids who would like to get some extra work done. I also deal with grades and behavior inside our schools regarding our players.|