It's starting to feel like baseball as the Dugout Club had their first meeting of the season this past Monday night. New Coach Chuck Jeroloman and Matt DenDekker were there to speak and answer questions. Coach outlined his background. He played at Auburn and then spent 7 years in the pros - mostly with Boston. Has coached at several schools, most recently USF, before joining our staff. His brother Brian, who you might remember caught for the Gators from 2004-06 (one of the best pick-off throws ever), was on USF's staff as volunteer coach but he has also left USF and gone elsewhere. DenDekker, and also Nolan Fontana, are back as student assistants this year as they finish their degrees. As Matt got up to speak Gordon opened up with the "DEN" (crowd response "DEK-KER!!") cheer and Matt was grinning from ear to ear. He talked about the transition to the pros. He's eager to teach the guys what he's learned and is glad to be back in the college scene. I hope he teaches Jud the over-the- shoulder basket catch! One interesting question was about the "hitting coach". Coach Jeroloman said he's worked places where there's been a single hitting coach, and places where the entire staff teaches hitting. Both can work, as long as the group approach agrees on what they're teaching and is consistent. One big advantage to the group approach is that every player gets more one-on-one coaching. A single hitting coach can't spend time with every player every week because the time allowed for coaching is so limited. Other items: Team is excited about playing GA at an exhibition game Nov 1 in Jax; and the answer is "Yes, of course" to the question will the new ballpark help with recruiting - not that we need a lot of help. Coach mentioned we'll put a stadium tour on You Tube so recruits that can't get here (particularly out-of-state) can see it.