Coaching staff – Tom Cosgrave http://tomcosgrave.com/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 02:25:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://tomcosgrave.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-25T165924.844-150x150.png Coaching staff – Tom Cosgrave http://tomcosgrave.com/ 32 32 Lionel Scoloni shows intimacy with coaching staff after Argentina win, and one detail caught the eye https://tomcosgrave.com/lionel-scoloni-shows-intimacy-with-coaching-staff-after-argentina-win-and-one-detail-caught-the-eye/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 00:51:12 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/lionel-scoloni-shows-intimacy-with-coaching-staff-after-argentina-win-and-one-detail-caught-the-eye/ Argentina national team Football takes a breath of calm and high level for the Qatar 2022 World Cup: After its consecration in The last this year and the last friendly game against them Honduras, the team strengthens its pieces to the maximum for the decisive competition at the end of the year. After this Friday’s […]]]>

Argentina national team Football takes a breath of calm and high level for the Qatar 2022 World Cup: After its consecration in The last this year and the last friendly game against them Honduras, the team strengthens its pieces to the maximum for the decisive competition at the end of the year. After this Friday’s game, DT Lionel Scaloni shared an image of his intimacy with his technical staff full of recognized personalities, but A detail caught the attention of his followers,

The most responsible person in the national team who exudes this atmosphere of peace is its coach Lionel Scaloni, who has led a generational change of football players since taking office, which has brought them results. Some of the new stars are the product of his clinical eye: Cristian “Kuti” Romero, Nicolas Gonzalez, Rodrigo De Paul and Emiliano “Dibo” Martinez are just a few of the brilliant nicknames for this new face.

In this context, Santa Fe. the 44-year-old Shared an image that shows the relationship between the coaching staff members On his personal Instagram account, which he opened a few months ago in order to be able to share with fans and followers of the famous “Scaloneta”.

Lionel Scoloni reveals intimacy of coaching staff reunion after friendly win over HondurasInstagram: @lioscaloni

“Let’s go to Argentina”He wrote below the photo in which we see the coaching staff made up of field assistants Paul Aymare, Roberto Ayala You Walter Samuel, physical trainers Luis Martin and Rodrigo Barrios; Video analyst Matias Manna.

What’s interesting about this photo is that despite being thousands of miles away from the country, the coaching staff enjoys plenty of opportunities. Mate’s Thermos and a Pastafrola To share, while they do analyzes related to this friendly tour of the national team in the United States. On the table, you can also see everyone’s notebooks and notebooks, but more important is the smile that conveys a sense of confidence about what is to come.

In less than two hours, the post garnered over 8,000 likes. It is to highlight that Lionel Scoloni opens an Instagram account in September this year And this is his third publication on the social network.

However, the affection of “Scaloneta” was reflected in the comments of the publication: “The best whistle”, “The captains of an illusion”, “The owners of my heart”, “Guys, pasta, please don’t drop it!”There were a few messages from subscribers.

Argentina beat Honduras 3-0 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, USATwo goals from Lionel Messi and one from Lautaro Martinez, in a friendly that served as preparation for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Extended his unbeaten streak to 34 games And gain confidence in the face of future commitments. The next game will be against Jamaica on Tuesday in New Jersey at 9 p.m.

Argentina vs. Jamaica: what you need to know

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Queensland Reds sign Phil Blake and Mick Heenan to finalize 2023 coaching staff | Latest rugby news https://tomcosgrave.com/queensland-reds-sign-phil-blake-and-mick-heenan-to-finalize-2023-coaching-staff-latest-rugby-news/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 22:09:43 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/queensland-reds-sign-phil-blake-and-mick-heenan-to-finalize-2023-coaching-staff-latest-rugby-news/ The Queensland Reds have signed their coaching staff for the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season, signing experienced Phil Blake as defense coach and University of Queensland head coach Mick Heenan as as an assistant coach. Blake joins Ballymore’s staff after stints with the Wallabies, Western Force and Leicester, while Heenan’s 13-year tenure at UQ has […]]]>

The Queensland Reds have signed their coaching staff for the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season, signing experienced Phil Blake as defense coach and University of Queensland head coach Mick Heenan as as an assistant coach.

Blake joins Ballymore’s staff after stints with the Wallabies, Western Force and Leicester, while Heenan’s 13-year tenure at UQ has seen the club win six StoreLocal Hospital Cup premierships.

Signed until 2023, the pair will work alongside head coach Brad Thorn and forward coach Jim McKay, with Thorn entering his sixth season in that role and McKay his fifth during his second stint at Ballymore after winning the 2011 Super Rugby title in the same role.

Thorn will become the fourth tied manager in Queensland history this season, with his longest tenure in over two decades at the Reds.

Blake said: “It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work with an internationally recognized rugby entity such as the Queensland Reds.

“I look forward to working with Brad Thorn again and am thrilled to be joining an impressive team behind the scenes.”

Heenan said: “I’m thrilled at the opportunity to work with Brad and his coaching staff, and with a very talented group of players, many of whom I know well.

“I have nearly 25 years of coaching experience and many years of managing teams in corporate environments and hope to bring a fresh perspective, both on and off the pitch, and contribute to the success of the Reds. in 2023 and beyond.

“I am excited to begin.”

Managing Director – Professional Rugby Sam Cordingley said: “We are really delighted to welcome Mick and Phil to the Queensland Reds.

“They are two great rugby players who will bring a wealth of coaching experience to our programme.

“Mick has certainly earned his opportunity with his history of success in Queensland Premier Rugby and Phil is a keen defensive coach with considerable experience in both amateur and professional games.”

Blake brings over a decade of top-flight experience to Ballymore, having held positions in the Shute Shield, Super Rugby and the English Premiership, as well as on the international stage.

The 58-year-old began his coaching career in Sydney with Southern Districts and Manly, before being named defense and skills coach with the Wallabies under Robbie Deans in 2010.

Defense coaching roles with Western Force, Leicester and London Wasps followed, before Blake returned home to coach Sydney University in 2021, taking the team to the top of the ladder before the competition is discontinued due to COVID.

Blake became Manly head coach in 2022 and led the Marlins to third place, the club’s best finish since 2017.

Like Thorn, Blake also boasts an accomplished rugby league career, having played over 300 games at the top level for a number of clubs and featuring in the home state of New South Wales.

Heenan will work alongside him, who will be responsible for coordinating the Reds’ training programme, maximizing the development of players who did not feature on Matchday 23 and emphasizing off-ball effort areas and distribution of attacks.

The 48-year-old has established himself as the most successful manager in Hospital Cup history.

Heenan took over as head coach of UQ in 2009, with the club falling to second-to-last the previous year as they suffered an 18-year drought as premier.

In the 13 seasons since, he has led the club to the final every year, winning six premierships and appearing in nine grand finals, including last Sunday’s at Suncorp Stadium.

Heenan coached Brisbane City in the 2017 and 2018 National Rugby Championship (NRC), coming up against Thorn who coached Queensland Country, and also spent six years with GPS before moving into the managerial role at St Lucia.

Queensland Reds Coaching Staff 2023

Brad Thorn – Head Coach

Jim McKay – Assistant Coach (Offense)

Phil Blake – Assistant Coach (Defense)

Mick Heenan – Assistant Coach

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Strong Regional Duals, Premier Tournaments Highlight 2022-23 Wrestling Schedule https://tomcosgrave.com/strong-regional-duals-premier-tournaments-highlight-2022-23-wrestling-schedule/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 14:12:31 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/strong-regional-duals-premier-tournaments-highlight-2022-23-wrestling-schedule/ History links Hofstra Wrestling Schedule 2022-23 Hempstead, NY – Hofstra’s Head Wrestling Coach Denis Papadatos today unveiled Hofstra’s full schedule for the upcoming 2022-23 wrestling season, including three home games against tough conference competition. A number of top domestic tournaments, along with a list of tough […]]]>

Hempstead, NY – Hofstra’s Head Wrestling Coach Denis Papadatos today unveiled Hofstra’s full schedule for the upcoming 2022-23 wrestling season, including three home games against tough conference competition.

A number of top domestic tournaments, along with a list of tough regional doubles matches, highlight a 2022-23 competitive season for Pride. The schedule also includes post-season competition at the 2023 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) Championships, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania at The Palestra on March 4-5, and the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. 2023 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. March 16-18.

“We tried to put in place a strong regional EIWA double-meeting model for the calendar and couple it with the showcase tournaments of the year,” said Papadatos, who is entering his ninth season as head coach of the Hofstra wrestling program. “We’re going to the Vegas Invitational, Southern Scuffle, Journeymen Collegiate Classic and Black Knight Invitational to make sure our athletes are in those prime time matches with the right RPI matches. We’ve also been working in rest breaks , periods of tough travel and back-to-back matchups, so we’re making sure our team is prepared with the rigors needed to win and that they’re physically and mentally fresh and ready to give their best.”

Following the intra-squad Hofstra Wrestle-Offs at 1:30 p.m. on October 27, the season officially begins on November 6 at the Princeton Open, followed by the Journeymen Collegiate Classic on November 13 and the Black Knight Invitational on November 20.

Pride kicks off in December with a trip to Las Vegas for the Cliff Keen-Las Vegas Invitational on December 2-3 before opening its doubleheader and EIWA schedules with a home game against the American on December 22. from the David S. Mack Physical Education Center. All four home games will be held inside the David S. Mack Physical Education Center.

Hofstra will ring in 2023 with a trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the prestigious two-day Southern Scuffle, followed by the final tournament of the season on Jan. 6 at the F&M Open.

Pride resumes its dual-competition season with a pair of road meets against Bucknell (January 9) and Buffalo (January 15), before a January 21 home affair against Franklin & Marshall, followed by road duels against the foes of the EIWA Binghamton (Jan. 26) and Navy (Jan. 28) to close out the first month of the new year. February kicks off with back-to-back matches at home against George Mason (February 3) and Drexel (February 5), before leaving the state to face Sacred Heart and Harvard on February 11. The regular season will conclude with Senior Day on February 18 against California Baptist.

“We put a lot of time, energy and thought into how we wanted to prepare our student-athletes for March,” Papadatos continued. “We think the calendar does just that, and the guys on the team are excited about what’s in store for them.”

Papadatos and Pride coaching staff welcome back nine starters from previous season, including two NCAA qualifiers Zachary Knighton-WardNCAA qualifying 2021 Trey Rogersand EIWA 2022 winner Justin Hoylewhile adding six freshmen and four transfers into the fold for the upcoming season.

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Fabiculanan draws safety start with Turner unable to play https://tomcosgrave.com/fabiculanan-draws-safety-start-with-turner-unable-to-play/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 05:49:36 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/fabiculanan-draws-safety-start-with-turner-unable-to-play/ The University of Washington secondary was expected to be picked and he did sometimes, but he was strong enough to take the Huskies to a 39-28 win Saturday night over Michigan State. . This time, the UW found themselves with a pair of starters with safety Asa Turner injured during the week and cornerback Jordan […]]]>

The University of Washington secondary was expected to be picked and he did sometimes, but he was strong enough to take the Huskies to a 39-28 win Saturday night over Michigan State. .

This time, the UW found themselves with a pair of starters with safety Asa Turner injured during the week and cornerback Jordan Perryman still unable to return after suffering a leg injury in Game 1. It was two-fifths of the defensive field missing against a marquee opponent.

Yet it seems that every week Kalen DeBoer’s technical staff resurrects a player left out by the previous regime.

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Men’s Basketball adds former player to coaching staff | Sports https://tomcosgrave.com/mens-basketball-adds-former-player-to-coaching-staff-sports/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/mens-basketball-adds-former-player-to-coaching-staff-sports/ Former Valparaiso men’s basketball guard Tevonn Walker was recently welcomed to campus with open arms to serve as a graduate assistant for the 2022-23 basketball season. Walker, who wore his own Valpo shirt from 2014 to 2018, couldn’t be more excited about joining his alma mater’s coaching staff. “Coach Lottich called me on a Monday, […]]]>

Former Valparaiso men’s basketball guard Tevonn Walker was recently welcomed to campus with open arms to serve as a graduate assistant for the 2022-23 basketball season. Walker, who wore his own Valpo shirt from 2014 to 2018, couldn’t be more excited about joining his alma mater’s coaching staff.

“Coach Lottich called me on a Monday, and I had to make the decision that night, and then I was here Saturday. When Coach picked me up from the airport and I started seeing the same restaurants around campus, I thought, okay, it feels really good to be back here,” Walker said.

Walker had played under current head coach Matt Lottich in some ways during his four years of college play. During Walker’s first two seasons, Lottich served in the role of assistant coach for the program, and by his last two, Lottich had transitioned to the role of head coach. Walker is looking forward to learning with Lottich again, but this time as part of his coaching staff.

“Coaching always has its pressures and there is always a different side to it. [the game] that you might not know,” Walker said. “I’m looking forward to the professionalism and how he approaches it from a different angle.”

After his stellar career at Valpo, Walker went on to play professionally with ProA’s Hamburg Towers in Germany and with Saskatchewan of the Canadian Elite Basketball League. It was there that he began coaching for both the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and individually. It was in Canada that he discovered his passion for coaching.

“After I leave here [Valpo], I played pro. When I came back to Canada I started coaching kids and that’s when I realized I had found a new love for the same game, standing at another end of the bench and helping the guys to get to where I was,” Walker said.

Walker is still among Valpo Basketball’s record holders ranked 14th in program history in career points (1,405) and 8th in career steals (150) and free throws (342).

Despite these monumental stats, none of these topics are his main priority for the current Valpo squad. Instead, his focus is on a completely different aspect of the game: defense.

“My main focus is defense. From my freshman year, what got me onto the court was defense. Basketball has changed, and in reality, you play good defense, you get on the court, then the attack will come in. It worked for me, and it can and will work if people buy into it,” Walker said.

Walker had won the Horizon League in his freshman year in college, which allowed the team to make an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. In his sophomore year, he was a member of the team that set a program record for most postseason games won (four) and made it all the way to the National Invitational Tournament Championship (NIT). He also earned consecutive All-Defensive Team honors in his 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

After his time at Valpo, he helped take his team to a ProA Championship, which promoted his side to the highest possible league in Germany. He brings his Championship experience with him as he joins Valpo Basketball as a staff member and works to bring home a trophy this season.

When asked to describe what it was like to return to Valpo, with a big smile on his face, he had only one thing to say: “It’s great to be back.”

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Mark Boucher’s departure after a rocky tenure leaves a big hole in the coaching staff https://tomcosgrave.com/mark-bouchers-departure-after-a-rocky-tenure-leaves-a-big-hole-in-the-coaching-staff/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 05:30:32 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/mark-bouchers-departure-after-a-rocky-tenure-leaves-a-big-hole-in-the-coaching-staff/ It was always going to be messy. From the day Mark Boucher was named head coach of the men’s national team by former captain and friend Graeme Smith, his tenure has been marred by allegations of patronage. This despite his status as one of the country’s most famous cricketers and, more recently, a successful manager. […]]]>

It was always going to be messy.

From the day Mark Boucher was named head coach of the men’s national team by former captain and friend Graeme Smith, his tenure has been marred by allegations of patronage. This despite his status as one of the country’s most famous cricketers and, more recently, a successful manager. Now, as Boucher steps away from the job he did with varying degrees of success and into one with an IPL franchise, he remains an important figure in South African cricket.
It is not a simple story because nothing about South Africa and its institutions is simple. You’ve heard this before (sorry) but it’s hard to avoid filtering anything in South African society through the prism of race. That’s why, when analyzing Boucher the coach, we have to consider that he is white and masculine and born at a time in South Africa (1976) when those were the two most important things to be. He went to an elite school, which emphasized sports, which he was good at. He was picked for the age group level teams, worked his way up and became South Africa’s best wicketkeeper in their top test team, led by Smith.
Throughout, Boucher was known for being a bulldog: aggressive, lively, resilient, and fiercely loyal. For his teammates, he was the glue that held them together. For fans, he was respected, but not loved like someone like AB de Villiers. When his career ended with a freak injury at Taunton, there was sympathy but not a public outpouring of sadness. When he reappeared as a coach, he seemed completely at ease. Boucher won five trophies in three seasons with the Titans and there was talk that he could take over the national team one day.
But Boucher was not really among the candidates to replace Ottis Gibson after the 2019 World Cup because no one, not even Cricket South Africa (CSA), knew what he wanted to do. At the time, the CSA was led – not particularly well – by Thabang Moroe. He chose Enoch Nkwe, who had just completed his first season in the Lions franchise, where he won two of three tournaments as well as the first Super League Mzansi. He was also the first black African to be appointed as South Africa’s head coach. Nkwe took South Africa to India where they lost the Test series 3-0.
By the time Boucher took over, Smith (white and male) had been appointed director of cricket and Jacques Faul (white and male) was the interim CEO (Moroe was fired for misconduct) – this was ultimately seen as a “white takeover” of the board.

You could conclude, of course, that the naming of two white men should be less relevant than the fact that they were two of the best names in South African cricket, and you wouldn’t be wrong. But with the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, Smith and Boucher were doomed to be judged not only on their pedigree but also on their whiteness.

And in Nkwe, Boucher replaced someone who was black and more qualified. Nkwe didn’t have Boucher’s international career, so he perfected himself with a Level 4 certificate. Boucher decided not to bother going beyond a Level 2 (granted to all former internationals), in part because CSA asked him to lecture, without pay, on the same Level 3 course he had planned to take. As a little taste of the clashes to come, it was spicy.

Boucher started as head coach in December 2019 to some outcry and relief. He acknowledged that the South African players were technically behind. He had a diverse coaching staff with him, consisting of Charl Langeveldt, Justin Ontong and later Justin Sammons. He also recruited consultants like Jacques Kallis and Paul Harris (two other veterans of the South African golden age who would be criticized for their whiteness), then Neil McKenzie and Vincent Barnes.

Collectively, this expertise has brought South Africa four out of eight wins in the Test series, two out of eight wins in the ODI series and five out of 12 wins in the T20I series. Overall, under Boucher, South Africa have won as many series in all formats as they have lost – 11 – but their tenure will not be judged on numbers or race alone.

Boucher has faced more off-field issues than most coaches, including the resurgence of BLM and the Covid-19 pandemic. The former prompted the CSA to launch the social justice and nation-building hearings that Boucher did not fare too well on, especially when he was introduced as one of the actors in the damning testimony. by Paul Adams. CSA was forced to act, calling for Boucher’s dismissal as coach and opening the door to those unhappy with the way Boucher was appointed.
By the time the charges were dropped, the damage to Boucher’s relationship with the council was done. This caused an avalanche of very public and highly polarized opinions about Boucher: the team supported him (test captain Dean Elgar often spoke of the unfairness of the criticized coaching staff) and seemed to be improving under him; others saw no future for someone who admitted to racially discriminatory behavior. There was no middle ground.

Does all of this sound exhausting to you? It must have been.

It must not have been easy for Boucher. And although Boucher knows his past behavior was wrong and apologized in a written affidavit, he never reported to SJN. If he would have known and apologized without the hearings having taken place, we will never know. As to whether it has changed for the experience, that can be judged by the current team which speaks of an inclusive culture that welcomes everyone. On the face of it, South Africa confronts its racial issues openly and honestly.
After all that, there was cricket. Boucher led a team that had the same problems as when it started: the stick was brittle and not receiving the support it needed.
South Africa’s national teams are playing fewer top-class games now than two summers ago and the new SA20 goes one step further. The South African national team will play fewer tests in the next FTP. They may not automatically qualify for the 2023 World Cup and instead of backing their chance to get there, their own board has removed them from matches that could help them qualify, to create a window for the SA20, the tournament South Africa needs. to succeed. Essentially, Boucher works for an organization that had to sacrifice the international game in which he made his name, for a lucrative league in which he was offered a coaching role. In a convoluted way, does this all add up to his decision to leave?

The task of the new head coach is far from simple, because the need to revive a team in transition remains secondary to the imperatives of transformation. The right candidate must not just be an excellent coach, but must understand that providing quality opportunities is not just about color by the numbers. Foreign coaches, even those of color like Gibson, usually struggle with this.

Whoever enters can’t be after a lot of money either. The ASC is not flush with the funds and the salary of their head coach will not correspond to the sums available in the IPL or the departmental scene. Boucher himself will earn more from his SA20 stint of a few weeks than from an entire year as national head coach.

The CSA could also knock on the doors of some former holders. One of Gary Kirsten, Russell Domingo, Graham Ford, Adi Birrell (who worked as Domingo’s assistant) can be brought in to an interim position, while CSA works on the process of finding someone more permanent.

One thing is certain: this time, they will strive to get it right. The position will be advertised, the candidates will be interviewed, the t’s are crossed out and the i’s are dotted to avoid the chaos that has clouded Boucher’s tenure. Because they can’t get through another mess like this.

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IronPigs pitching coach Cesar Ramos handles daily curveballs https://tomcosgrave.com/ironpigs-pitching-coach-cesar-ramos-handles-daily-curveballs/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 22:02:11 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/ironpigs-pitching-coach-cesar-ramos-handles-daily-curveballs/ Reading – IronPigs manager Anthony Contreras and pitching coach Cesar Ramos visited Tyler Cyr’s Buffalo hotel room last month to deliver the news every minor league player wants to hear: Pack your bags . You are going to the big leagues. These conversations often take place at impromptu times and places. Contreras and Ramos told […]]]>

Reading – IronPigs manager Anthony Contreras and pitching coach Cesar Ramos visited Tyler Cyr’s Buffalo hotel room last month to deliver the news every minor league player wants to hear: Pack your bags . You are going to the big leagues.

These conversations often take place at impromptu times and places.

Contreras and Ramos told Michael Plassmeyer the news of his first major league promotion the following day at a bus stop.

“No matter the setting,” Contreras said, “it gives you chills when it’s the first time for a player.”

These conversations are the fun part of being a professional coach or manager.

Most of Ramos’ time in his first season as a minor league pitching coach was spent trying to figure out who will pitch that next game, that next inning.

Parent club necessities are always the top priority, but the 2022 IronPigs season was way beyond what a normal Triple-A year looks like.

Ramos has worked with 50 pitchers through 134 games, including 23 who have made at least one start, plus eight MLB rehabilitators and 15 who are on the disabled list.

This allowed Lehigh Valley to be 15th or worse among 20 International League teams in ERA, walks, wild pitches, balks, WHIP, strikeouts, slapped hitters, and shutouts.

But considering Plassmeyer’s recovery draft among the six IronPigs pitchers who received their first MLB promotion, Ramos has done wonders.

“I couldn’t be more impressed with how well he’s been able to maneuver that pitching stick,” Contreras said, “one, because of his size; and two, this is his first year coaching in the minor leagues.

Ramos’ path to this point has helped. The 38-year-old spent 13 seasons as a pitcher, including eight-year stints in the majors with four organizations, before concluding his playing days in 2017 with the IronPigs.

He spent last season working with rehabilitated pitchers at the Phillies’ minor league complex in Clearwater, Fla.

Ramos’ balanced demeanor has prevented him from launching his computer prints skyward at some point this season.

“Maybe last year prepared me for this year,” Ramos said. “But keeping them sharp is probably the hardest thing I’ve had to maneuver. At one point we had 17 or 18 relievers [on the roster]. Trying to get them work within a week, being able to keep their workload balanced has been a challenge.

There have been several six-game series this season when the IronPigs have gone five bullpen games, when a true starting pitcher hasn’t been available due to needs, injuries, trades, etc. of the Phillies.

This turns a day-to-day operation into a round-by-round situation.

While everyone was thinking about Bryce Harper’s appearance in rehab on August 23 at Coca-Cola Park, Ramos and Contreras were trying to figure out who was going to start this series against Gwinnett.

“It’s a roll of the dice when a bunch of guys are called and there’s a lot of movement overhead,” Contreras said. “We’ll piece it back together.”

That’s exactly what Ramos did with Plassmeyer, who came to the IronPigs when the Phillies traded Triple-A receiver Austin Wynns to the Giants.

Plassmeyer posted a 7.38 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 11 starts for Sacramento, the Giants’ Triple-A affiliate, before the trade. Since then, the southpaw has a 2.66 ERA in 14 games with Lehigh Valley and a scoreless appearance in his only major league outing.

The 25-year-old found a mechanical fault late in his time this year with Sacramento, but the bulk of his corrective work came while working with Ramos.

Jeff Singer, Michael Kelly, Mark Appel, Nick Duron and Cyr were other first-time call-ups thanks in part to Ramos.

Equally important, however, Ramos gave each of the other 44 pitchers the best possible scenario to pursue development.

“There’s plan A until the first pitch happens,” Ramos said. “Then we will see how it goes. You follow the course of the game. This directs the ship, in which direction it should go the rest of the night.

“For me, Bullpen games are fun. We’ve been playing chess since the first guy. We are constantly communicating [with pitchers] throughout the game, putting them in the best position to succeed. But the scenarios will not always be there [their] foster.

“The analyses, all the numbers behind the scenes, the people outside the dugout know those numbers. But the beauty of minor leagues is putting guys in awkward situations to succeed. It’s part of their development.

Ramos’ growth as a pitching coach is evident with every game.

Bailey Falter is a strong-minded person. It’s the only way to explain his progress this season despite being ejected six times by the Phillies. He has a 1.91 ERA in nine starts with Lehigh Valley, a 4.02 ERA in 15 games (11 starts) with Philadelphia.

Some of these promos were scripted; others came when necessitated by injuries to other Phillies pitchers. The southpaw had up to 10 days off, as few as three. He was stretched out. He was a reliever. Rinse and repeat.

Ramos’ steady hand has helped Falter and other pitchers when their roles have changed throughout the season.

“That’s what you go through as players,” Ramos said. “There is a very small number of players who are everyday big leaguers. For pitchers, it’s even more difficult unless a starting pitcher is [Clayton] Kershaw or the [Walker] Buehler of the world. Normally it’s more of a top-down process.

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“Our rotation is hard to break in the big leagues. Bailey could be a middle or front-row starter elsewhere, but he’s fulfilling his role this season.

Ramos also helped 30-year-old Mark Appel earn his first MLB promotion. Contreras was able to evoke a special moment in the Coca-Cola Park clubhouse to announce the moment of Call in front of the team.

Highly rated prospect Griff McGarry was promoted to Triple-A level for the first time last week. He was relieved to know that Ramos was ready to help the right-hander take off, especially with his continued slider work.

“Day 1, they immediately asked me, ‘How did your slider feel? “Said McGarry. “I was like, ‘It’s okay. Let’s go.'”

If Ramos is on a major league coaching staff, he will have earned it largely because of what he has done this season.

“To be able to work alongside him, to see how patient he is,” Contreras said, “how he can dissect a pitcher, help them navigate through a season, a game, it’s very impressive. You can see why he has been so successful in his career.

Morning Call reporter Tom Housenick can be reached at 610-820-6651 or thousenick@mcall.com

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UTSA Soccer announces personnel updates https://tomcosgrave.com/utsa-soccer-announces-personnel-updates/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 21:57:32 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/utsa-soccer-announces-personnel-updates/ History links SAN ANTONIO- UTSA football program has hired volunteer assistant coach Ashley Whittemore and promoted Joe Roberts to video analyst, head coach announced Derek Pitman. “Joe and Ashley complement our current coaching staff and will help provide our players with resources that we otherwise would not have had in the past,” […]]]>

SAN ANTONIO- UTSA football program has hired volunteer assistant coach Ashley Whittemore and promoted Joe Roberts to video analyst, head coach announced Derek Pitman.

“Joe and Ashley complement our current coaching staff and will help provide our players with resources that we otherwise would not have had in the past,” Pittman said. “We are excited about the rest of this season and the future of our program as we continue to improve our performance on the pitch.”

Ashley Whittemore joins the staff as Stephen F. Austin’s Head of Player Development/Assistant Coach for the past four years. Prior to the SFA, she coached at the club level for 10 years for Lonestar Soccer Club and Austin Texas Soccer Club. Whittemore was an assistant coach at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas for four years. She also owns her own company, Fast Traxe Programs, which she founded in 2019.

Whittemore graduated from West Texas A&M in 2005 with her Bachelor of Science in Biology, where she also played on the football team for four years. It has its national A, B and C licenses from the United States Soccer Federation. She resides in San Antonio with her husband JD Whittemore and their two dogs, Dutch and Viga.

“It’s been a great start to the season so far and we’re thrilled to be back playing in front of our home fans this weekend,” said coach Pittman. “Our team is always looking to improve every day, and our coaching staff is no different. The addition of Ashley as a volunteer assistant brings great value to this position and will allow us to share various tasks within our staff. She has a wealth of experience as a club and university coach and will be able to help our players continue their development on and off the pitch.”

After being hired just a few months ago as a volunteer coach, Roberts lands the role of video analyst. He has over 15 years of coaching experience at almost every level including club, youth, high school and college. In addition to his role as a video analyst for the Roadrunners, he is also currently Technical Director of San Antonio Rush Football Club, National Diploma Instructor with United Soccer Coaches and Assistant Coach of the UPSL Premier Division men’s team at the Alamo. City Soccer Club.

Roberts is a veteran who served 27 years in the United States Navy. He graduated from the University of San Diego with his Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations in 2003 and recently completed his Master of Science in Recreation and Sports Science in 2022. He has numerous United Soccer Coaches certifications including Director Coaching Diploma, First Diploma, Level 1 Goalkeeping Diploma and High School Diploma. Roberts also has a National D license from the United States Soccer Federation.

“Joe’s move to our video analyst role is huge for our staff,” Pittman explained. “He has a good eye for the game and fully understands what we ask of our players in our game system. This knowledge and his attention to detail will be a huge asset to our team as we aim to help our players grow in their development through watching films for individual and team concepts.”

The Roadrunners have a three-game homestand to come, hosting Stephen F. Austin for the first time on Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. (CT) at Park West Athletics Complex.

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A new face at bat: VCU baseball welcomes a new head coach https://tomcosgrave.com/a-new-face-at-bat-vcu-baseball-welcomes-a-new-head-coach/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 14:02:21 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/a-new-face-at-bat-vcu-baseball-welcomes-a-new-head-coach/ VCU head coach Bradley LeCroy poses for a photo. Photo courtesy of VCU Athletics Thaillon Wilson, Personal editor VCU turned to Clemson, South Carolina to hire longtime assistant coach Bradley LeCroy to serve as the baseball team’s head coach. LeCroy assumes the role following the team’s second straight win in the Atlantic 10. “The administrative […]]]>
VCU head coach Bradley LeCroy poses for a photo. Photo courtesy of VCU Athletics

Thaillon Wilson, Personal editor

VCU turned to Clemson, South Carolina to hire longtime assistant coach Bradley LeCroy to serve as the baseball team’s head coach.

LeCroy assumes the role following the team’s second straight win in the Atlantic 10.

“The administrative support staff has been fantastic in helping me adjust and answering my questions,” LeCroy said. “The current players have been exceptional.”

LeCroy is a former Clemson shortstop who became a starting coach with over 15 seasons of coaching experience with Clemson, as well as over two decades of total baseball coaching experience.

Coach LeCroy worked under Hall of Fame coach Jack Leggett, when he first joined as an assistant, and he also worked under former Clemson head coach, Mount Lee.

David Hood has previously written about LeCroy for Tigernet.coma site on all sports news around Clemson.

LeCroy learned a lot of different coaching techniques during his time at Clemson, and he was great at building good relationships with players, according to Hood.

“He bonds with the players and he really gets to know them. He really enjoys getting to know his guys and working with them as baseball players, but also as young men,” Hood said.

LeCroy said he thinks it’s important to grow the team to win games, but also to grow the team for the players’ future after baseball.

“We are here to develop young men to be successful after VCU. If they don’t get a chance to play professional baseball, we still want to be successful,” LeCroy said. “To do that, you have to invest in people and have good relationships.”

In addition to being known as a successful player and assistant coach, LeCroy is a highly regarded scout who has been in the No. 25 national recruiting top for the past ten years while at Clemson, according to Clemson Athletics.

“Our goal is to recruit at a high level here at VCU, but as soon as we get them here, we have to develop them and improve them,” LeCroy said.

VCU senior outfielder AJ Mathis said he is already adjusting to the new coaching transition. Mathis said coach Lecroy will be a good leader for the black and gold, and he’s excited to play for him.

“Coach LeCroy is amazing and I think this university really benefits from him and not just him but this coaching staff in general,” Mathis said.

Mathis said he thinks as long as everyone gets to work and follows LeCroy’s system, everything will go smoothly for the team.

“I feel like if everyone buys into his process and the standards he holds, we can go far,” said senior outfielder AJ Mathis.

VCU baseball is coming off a 42-win season with another A-10 championship, making it its third conference title since joining the A-10 conference, according to VCU Athletics.

VCU junior outfielder Cooper Benzin has high expectations for himself and the team to revive him this year and win the A-10 title again – and go further than the team did last year. last.

“Our first goal is to win the A-10 regular season and then of course win the tournament,” Benzin said. “Our mindset takes us further than we were last year, so going to the Super Regional and going to Omaha.”

The Rams recently began fall training since returning to campus, and LeCroy said he believes the desire to perform at a high level has already been instilled in the team.

“They have a great work ethic,” LeCroy said. “They have good attitudes and a champion mindset.”

Coach LeCroy said he is looking forward to picking up the already established VCU baseball culture and working hard through the fall to prepare for the upcoming spring season later after winter break.

“I’m super excited. I think the players are doing well even though it’s a long journey. We’ve just started and we have until February until opening day, but the work ethic, culture and team composition are exceptional,” said LeCroy.

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Why schools are struggling to fill positions, from teaching assistants to goalies to coaches https://tomcosgrave.com/why-schools-are-struggling-to-fill-positions-from-teaching-assistants-to-goalies-to-coaches/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 13:01:03 +0000 https://tomcosgrave.com/why-schools-are-struggling-to-fill-positions-from-teaching-assistants-to-goalies-to-coaches/ When school starts Tuesday at McKinley Elementary in Beaverton, Kyrsti Sackman will be there. “I’m a firm believer — if you work in education, you have some kind of passion for your community, the students,” Sackman said. “I have a really big passion for working with neurodiverse people, so working in a school is really […]]]>

When school starts Tuesday at McKinley Elementary in Beaverton, Kyrsti Sackman will be there.

“I’m a firm believer — if you work in education, you have some kind of passion for your community, the students,” Sackman said. “I have a really big passion for working with neurodiverse people, so working in a school is really something that really fulfills me.”

Sackman is a paraeducator. She works with a small number of students, in a special class for students with disabilities.

She approaches the new year with “nervous excitement”; excited to see students experiencing the school without COVID restrictions, but worried about what staff will be – and won’t be there.

“It’s definitely a very demanding job, especially with all the staff [who are] missing, and then the worry about the submarines… I’m worried about who drives the students to school on Tuesday! Sackman said.

Schools operate with people – teachers and principals, but also bus drivers, guards, teaching assistants and office workers. And schools are heading into the new year facing shortages of classified and non-teaching staff.

A school bus drops off students at Kellogg Middle School in southeast Portland on September 1, 2021.

Elizabeth Miller/OPB

Vancouver Public Schools recently reported 120 vacancies for paraeducators, as well as 25 vacancies for school bus drivers and 30 vacancies for nutrition service workers.

In the Reynolds School District, there are 131 openings throughout the district, most of them for classified positions.

At the end of August, Portland Public Schools had 93 paraeducator openings. The president of the union representing these employees said this represents “about 25% of this workforce”.

The hiring page on the Ashland School District website contains a message: “The Ashland School District is facing staffing shortages like we have never seen before. We need your help to fill vacancies in our schools.

As some schools scramble to find solutions to vacancies, the big question is why those jobs aren’t being filled — and what can be done about it. Statewide, unemployment in Oregon remains low and private sector jobs have largely rebounded since the wave of layoffs in March 2020. But the recovery has been slower in education.

Sarah Wofford, president of the Oregon School Employees Association, said the reason was low wages and a lack of benefits.

“When you see that McDonald’s or Panda Express or somewhere can hire you at a higher salary than our educational assistants who are there to help educate our children…you’re not going to stick around for the salary that’s offered,” Wofford said.

Schools struggle to stop workers leaving

The problem facing districts is not just hiring employees, but keeping them, especially when pay for other jobs increases.

According to OSEA “about 3,300 employees” left their classified functions during the three school years before 2021-2022, out of 22,000 positions.

“During the 2021-22 school year, the number of employees who left their jobs increased to more than 5,300,” OSEA said in an email to OPB.

Even between districts, there is competition for the same employees.

“You see people leaving one district to go to another district within 20 miles of each other because they are paid more in a different district than they were after six years in that other one. “Wofford said.

School districts responded to the competition with additional bonuses and incentives for new hires. Reynolds is offering $4,000 for certain positions, including classified positions like educational assistants and caretakers. The district also offers bonuses for other hard-to-fill positions, such as school psychologists and counselors.

With House Bill 4030, school districts received state money to help recruit and retain teachers and other staff.

Wofford, who worked at Rogue Community College before becoming president of OSEA, wants to see similar support for higher education.

“We are the schools. We really cook it, clean it, fix it, make it happen,” Wofford said.

Beyond better pay, Wofford wants schools to be safer for staff working in classrooms and guarding hallways. She applauded the school district’s programs to help teacher assistants become teachers.

“What we need now is an ability to show that it can be a stepping stone,” she said.

Sackman, who works at an elementary school in Beaverton, wants to see more training, professional development and mentorship opportunities for paraeducators like her.

“Yes, roles and expectations may be different,” Sackman said, “but ultimately every person who works for a school district is an integral part of educating our students and our community.”

Shortage of staff on the football field

In addition to the many openings for bus drivers and substitute teachers, there are also openings for coaches.

A district has 12 coaching openings in various sports. Others have eight or nine vacancies. Oregon Athletic Coaches Association executive director Rob Younger doesn’t know of any teams unable to form or play for lack of a coach, but he calls what’s happening a shortage.

Younger said it wasn’t just an Oregon problem, either. He remembers hearing about a school district in a “big athletic state” where athletic directors went to practice clinics looking for talent.

“Almost like a job fair,” Younger said.

Chris Knudsen, associate director of Younger and the OACA, says there are many potential reasons why this is happening.

Among them, a drop in teachers who coach.

Younger and Knudsen say there are more demands on teachers that can prevent them from coaching, or that schools looking for teachers don’t always think about who can make good coaches.

“We’ve seen a real decline of ‘teacher-slash-coach’…the teaching profession is so involved that it’s hard to do both,” Knudsen said.

Younger said it’s a problem he’s noticed for the past five years. When Younger became head football coach, his 11 assistant coaches were all on the district teaching staff.

“When I retired 24 years later, of our 11 assistant coaches, only two were on district staff,” he said.

The others were members of the community.

Younger and Knudsen said low pay and time spent coaching are also potential reasons schools struggle to fill coaching positions. Some sports, like football, have become year-round jobs that don’t leave time to coach other sports.

This year, Younger and Knudsen returned to the football coaching profession. They have 48 and 47 years of experience respectively. Younger said he had to take 20 hours of classes to get certified as a volunteer coach before hitting the field.

He added that some don’t accept jobs for fear of being sued “if a coach says something that is misinterpreted,” or because of the added pressure put on coaches by parents.

Younger and Knudsen have been aware of the coaching shortage for several months now. So they are doing something that the association of civil servants launched recently: a recruitment and retention campaign.

“We are losing coaches at a higher rate than we are recruiting them,” Younger said. Experienced coaches are retiring.

They have gathered information from current coaches about hiring issues and plan to share information next April. They are working on a curriculum that schools can use to promote coaching and officiating.

With officiating, they’re “trying to get our student-athletes who love football, basketball, softball, back to work in youth officiating programs in their communities,” Younger said.

Younger and Knudsen point out that while there are needs for coaches in Oregon schools, the priority should be recruiting good coaches rather than simply filling a void.

“Let’s bring in quality people in the profession who will provide a really positive experience for student-athletes,” Younger said.

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