I have been coaching youth baseball since 1999.
Before that I coached adult softball for 10 years.
Coaching youth baseball is far better.
I have coached all levels of Youth Baseball — T-ball, A, AA, AAA, Majors, All-Stars and Travel.
I have been on our little league board of directors. I have been T-ball commissioner (one year), Quartermaster (four years) and Director of Safety and Training (1 year) for Reston Little League. I just moved to England where I am about to be the Minors Commissioner for London Little League.
That takes care of baseball. My day job is I am a Computer Science professor. I have taught for the last 25 years. I started as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Central Florida. After that I was an Adjunct Professor at Maryland, George Mason and George Washington. I taught full time from 1999-2012 at the Illinois Institute of Technology and this past fall I became a faculty affiliate at Georgetown University.
So I think I know something about teaching since I have done it so long. I have some idea of what works and what doesn’t. That doesn’t mean I am a specialist at little kids. I started coaching before I had kids so I think that gives me some perspective. My two boys are Isaac (11) and Joseph (9) and I have been coaching their teams as soon as they were eligible to play.
Coaching your own kid certainly has been a different experience than when I didn’t coach my own kids, but I think it gives me some insight into the world of parents.