Message from the Coach
Kent has a long tradition of competitive baseball. Our goal is develop our athletes into fundamentally sound baseball players. That sounds easy but baseball is an incredibly difficult game to learn and it takes time, will, determination, and patience to make that happen. Most importantly, it requires players who believe in the power of school and accept that the ball diamond is another form of classroom. I take the idea of student-citizen-athlete very seriously because that kind of player is physically and mentally coachable. I also take the idea of team baseball very seriously. The kind of game that we play at Kent depends upon our collective talents; our success is a function of our willingness to work to make the best use of those talents. To an authentic baseball player, work and dirt go hand in hand. As a coach, I believe in teaching the fundamentals of the game and in providing a competitive but open atmosphere. Baseball skills are so refined that they require constant sharpening and we are attentive to that. Training is essential and the team has access to a very fine fitness center. Most of our players play multiple sports and that keeps them in shape, develops their athleticism, and stokes their competitive fire.
Kent baseball has produced some outstanding college prospects in recent years with a number of Kent Lions currently playing college baseball at a high level. Many other players have gone on to play at top Div. II and III schools but that is not the point of Kent baseball. We play the game and honor the game and ask nothing of that game. We play the game right, we play hard, and we train to execute. Regardless of their baseball aspirations, baseball players at Kent have a tremendous opportunity to develop into the ball player they want to be. Win or lose, we are grateful to play the greatest game on dirt.
Mike Green is in his ninth year at Kent, eighth with the program, and his sixth year as head coach. Green played high school baseball in Louisville, KY in the late 70’s. He was a pitcher and catcher and believes that unless you have stood on a mound or worn the tools, you cannot know the human soul.