COACH SPOTLIGHT INTERVIEW: COACH CASH S.

cashsCoach Cash S. has been playing baseball since he can remember. He's very passionate about the sport and, as an educator, believes that baseball IQ is one of the most important aspects of the game. He makes sure to do baseball drills in an individualized way for each of his clients, understanding that some kids are visual learners while others need him to explain concepts.

Tell us about your experience with baseball?

I was fortunate enough to have a father who loved teaching the game. I grew up with a baseball park behind my childhood house and was out there everyday. I was always working on something new or imagining I was in the World Series, with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th and a runner on, and crushing a game winning home run.

What do you enjoy most about coaching?

The excitement on my clients' face when they come to our next session with great news. "Coach, I went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs and scored 3 times" or "Coach, I pitched 6 scoreless innings, struck out 5, and didn't walk anyone."

Do you have a favorite coach?

Joe Torre. The way he controlled both his players on and off the field and his own emotions while teaching the game was very inspirational to me. I truly believe that the reason Derek Jeter is so professional in his craft is because of Torre.

What is a highlight of your athletic career?

I'm proud of the way I overcame Tommy John surgery and being able to throw as hard as I did. To this day, I have only missed one summer of baseball and it was due to that surgery. The injury is part of why I enjoy sharing my experiences with young athletes, both good and bad, because I can show my clients how to learn from them.

Do you have any success stories from coaching an athlete?

My very first client with CoachUp, Joshua, gave me a hand made card thanking me for helping him become a better hitter. To this day, I still have it on my fridge to remind me why I coach baseball. I worked with him for 3 sessions and couldn't have been more proud.

What is your coaching philosophy?

I believe that every athlete needs to have a "short memory". One of my baseball philosophies is that in order to succeed you need to forget about earlier in the game. You can't let any previous mistakes, and even successes, affect the way you play whether you're on the field or at the plate.

Do you have any surprising, special talents?

I was told by a pitching coach at a three day Pitching Clinic in high school that juggling helps with hand-eye coordination. Not sure if that's true, but I taught myself how to juggle for that sole purpose!

Coach Cash is booking baseball sessions now! Click here to check out his profile.

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