November 2017 - Eric Ebers
Assistant Coach for MGCCC Baseball
How long have you been a coach?
"I am in my 12th year of Coaching."
What made you decide to become a coach?
"I really enjoyed being around the game of Baseball, and when I was told professional baseball I could not play anymore, coaching was a great way to stay around the game. I was blessed to play for the Coaches I [had] and they were very influential in my desire to become a Coach."
What is your favorite part of coaching?
"Seeing players develop both on and off the field. Seeing it click when they discover their potential on the field, and seeing them grow as young men off of it. I think building relationships along the way is an essential part of coaching, because they will be men much longer than they will be baseball players. It is my prayer [that] some part of my life influenced their decision to live a life worthy of being a Child of God."
Who has been the most influential coach to you?
"For me there isn't just one coach. There have been three who have influenced various aspects in my life as a coach. First, Coach Ron Polk was definitely the most influential for me as a player. He literally wrote the book on Baseball, and covered things that I was not aware of. Playing for him has made me way more detail oriented than I would have if I had not played for him. Second, would be my High School Coach John Sutton. He was a major influence in how he handled us as players. I am very thankful that I can still call and talk with him today about things and ask advice. He was a major influence on me as a player and a big reason why I am a coach today. Thirdly, would be Coach Bubba Cates. He gave me my first College Coaching job and trusted me with a lot of things. He is an incredible man of God and I was blessed to see him go through adversity as a Head Coach and maintain his Godly standards. I would be so fortunate to be as Godly of a Coach as he is and to be able to hold to my values. There are many more that have influenced me, but these three the most."
If you could tell the young you one thing, what would it be?
"Be patient! Learn as much as you can from anyone you can, and do not be closed minded. Read more, take up fishing earlier, and wear a mouth piece when coaching junior high football!!!"
Would you mind sharing about your family?
"I am married to the beautiful Katie Leech Ebers, celebrating 10 years this December. We have 1 Lab (Avery 9 years old), 1 Three-Legged Terrier Mix (Seuss almost 1), and 1 Cat (Mocha 5 years old). Lord willing, we will be celebrating the birth of our first child, come late April!"
What are some things outside of coaching that you enjoy?
"Watching Hockey, (LETS GO BLUES!). Playing Hockey (especially goalie for our inline team), fishing, reading (non-fiction books), and listening to audio-books and podcasts."