There have been several consistent themes throughout the Tom Sox organization in 2018: (1) continue to build throughout the organization, much as we did in our first 2 off seasons, to enhance every aspect of what we do towards the goal of being the finest summer ball destination in the country and (2) Maintain consistency where we can so that our key volunteers and staff can continue to grown in their respective roles.
The Tom Sox leadership feels that in selecting our 2018 coaching staff, we accomplished both of those goals. We are excited to let our fanbase know that 4 of our 5 coaches from 2017 will be back with us in 2018.
Head Coach Corey Hunt; Bench Coach Jim Darin; 3rd Base Coach Snooter Merryman and 1st Base Coach Sean Getman will all return to Charlottesville for the 2018 season. New pitching Coach Ryan Mossman from Emory University will replace Sam Bashioum, who departed for Coker College.
According to Tom Sox General Manager Jeff Burton, the important goals we’ve established for our coaching staff are: (1) safety of our players; (2) development of our players; (3) building a winning culture around all that we do; (4) putting our organization in a place to compete for a Valley Baseball League championship.
Burton added “This staff is unique. Coach Hunt brings a wealth of experience; an understanding of what it takes to develop talent and culture; and we love that he’s a local product. As we stated repeatedly in 2017, we pursued Corey from Day 1 of this organization’s formation and we were fortunate to wear him down and get him aboard. It was an absolute ‘no brainer’ to bring him back if his life circumstances allowed for it.”
As any good Head Coach will tell you, though, a coaching staff is only as good as those that surround the head man. The consistency between all that was accomplished in 2017 and what we aspire to accomplish in 2018 will be aided by the return of Coaches Darin, Merryman and Getman.
“Our assistant coaches in 2017 were top notch. I doubt any summer team in the country has someone like Coach Darin. He brings a paternal, but fun spirit to our dugout and he helps our talent stay in shape and be ready to play each and every day. I dare say there is a more loved figure within our organization.
In Coaches Merryman and Getman we get 2 young coaches that aspire to make their mark in the college game. Each brings a tireless work ethic and consistency that winning cultures need to maintain. We are so excited to have them back” Burton says.
To replace Coach Bashioum, Burton and Director of Baseball Operations Mike Paduano turned to Ryan Mossman. Mossman was an outstanding 2-way player at Shenandoah University, so he has ties to the state. In addition to coaching at high academic university Emory, he has worked in baseball analytics, which has been a huge part of what makes the Tom Sox unique in the summer baseball world. According to Burton “We have a list of what is important to us, and understanding and utilization of data, an obvious macro-trend in the game of baseball, was very important to us, especially in the area of pitching,”
Burton and Paduano are ecstatic about the consistency that this collective group brings, but also in the ways in which they are better positioned to grow in their jobs. “We want to be a valued partner and consistent asset to the Charlottesville community and the college programs we serve. “This coaching staff positions us so well to accomplish those goals,” concludes Burton.