Professional Coaches Manualby Andy Pohl
Youth coaching is not about winning games. Superior youth coaches help
athletes master new skills, enjoy competition with others, and develop a
team first attitude. They are well-versed in the techniques and skills of their
sport, and understand how to effectively teach those skills through age
appropriate practice regimens and skill drills.
While sport is an integral part of our culture, coaching has not always
been seen as a true profession. This attitude is gradually changing, and
coaching can no longer be perceived as a hobby or an informal second
job. A coach’s influence on young adults is far too great to take for
granted. DNA Sports firmly believes that volunteer coaches have no less
responsibility than do professional coaches in teaching and developing
Andy Pohl is currently the Head Baseball Coach at Beachwood High School (Beachwood, OH). He has over fifteen years of varsity coaching experience, serving previously as Head Baseball Coach at Walter Payton College Prep (Chicago) and Newbury HS (Newbury, OH). As Head Baseball Coach at Walter Payton College Prep, Andy directed the program to three consecutive Class 3A Regional Championships (2009, 2010, 2011), as well as a City Semi-Finalist appearance at Wrigley Field in 2010. As an Assistant at Jones College Prep (Chicago), Andy helped lead that program to two consecutive Class 3A Regional Championships (2012, 2013).
Andy is a licensed school administrator in the State of Ohio and Illinois. He has a Masters in Secondary Education from DePaul University and a Masters in Education Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University. He authored the Handbook for Athletics in Catholic Elementary School, a fifty-page document that currently serves as the athletic policy manual for the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Andy has extensive experience with hitting and pitching development of all age groups. He also has worked with individual athletes, teams, and organizations teaching the correct mental approach to skill development, training, and competition.
Dave Rosene leads DNA Sports' skills training and coaching clinicsservices. He has achieved and maintained a proficiency as an athletic specialist for over 25 years by his ability to apply various teaching and coaching methods to athletes according to their skill level and body type, identifying and correcting errors in skill technique, and effectively communicating fundamental and advanced philosophies to athletes with disparate backgrounds and personalities to produce their best performances in game settings while stressing team play.
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