A more accurate label for this section of the Web site would be 'About Me'. I started the Web site in the summer of 2000 after my first year of coaching tee ball. Although the popularity of the site has increased each year, I'm still in the initial phase of building something that I hope some day will be very special. It would be nice to have a staff that could help with this project, but for now it's a one person (part-time at that) business.
Owner: Don Edlin
Major League Playing Experience: None
Minor League Playing Experience: None
College Playing Experience: 4 year college starter; 2 time all-league selection; senior season batting average: .397
Coaching Experience: Over 18 years, tee ball through High School.
Day Job: IT Manager/Web Application Developer
Personal: Married with 2 sons; ages 21 and 18.
As you can see I'm not an ex-big league player or brother of an ex-big league player trying to cash in on a name. I'm someone who had a successful college career and wasn't drafted. It was tough not playing after my senior season when I hit almost .400, but I went to a smaller college and I realized that of the 5 tools that pro scouts are looking for I didn't have 2 and wasn't completely there on a 3rd. Speed or natural power, what I would have given for either.
After graduating from college with a secondary teaching degree, I starting teaching as substitute teacher and coached at the high school level. While looking for a permanent teaching position, I was given a job offer to work as a computer programmer. Since it made financial sense at the time, I made the change. I looked back on that decision with a great deal of regret for a long time. I didn't realize at the time how the financial part, that seemed so attractive at the time, would also make it nearly impossible to make the switch back. When I left college, my dream was to coach at the high school level for a few years, then look for an opportunity to coach at the college level and see how far I could go. I was hoping to become a major college coach someday. I spent much of my late 20's looking back at what might have been. It took a few years, but finally I realized that paying too much attention to what might have been is a very unproductive way to live. I made a few changes in outlook and made a necessary job change. I stayed in the computer industry, but made the change to web development. I soon realized that I had found my niche and what a difference doing something you really enjoy can have on all aspects of your life. My dreams still involve baseball, but in a different way. In this case it's to have this website strive to provide the best information possible for coaches, parents, and players.
I hope that gives you a feel for where I came from. As you read through some of the material it will give you insight into some of my comments. I wonder why when I look back on my playing career I immediately think of reasons why I wasn't good enough to be a professional player. Why don't I look back and think of the high level of success I had? There seems to be a pendulum for parents that ranges from not caring on one side to the child being the only focus on the other. Both extremes seem very unhealthy for the child and parent. The thin line somewhere in the middle that is the correct blend of support and guidance is a moving target and different with each child and age. It's something I strived for and missed a number of times as I coached and watched my kids play. I'm getting to the end of the line as a sports parent but I still try to do better as my youngest son continues playing at his high school. Continued below...
Hi don, I just wanted to take the time and tell you your website is awesome for young coaches. I read the whole thing and feel it is great for parents to read and understand what its like to coach young kids. I will make sure to pass your website on to parents who ask me all the time to do lessons and ask for advice. You just made my life easier.
Again great job!!!
- Frank M.