Interview with SPC Coach Ryan Beckman Fall 2017

Interview with SPC Coach Ryan Beckman Fall 2017


It’s still early. We got a lot of guys
that are working hard everyday to get better and that’s what you’re asking for.
We’ve got 23 new players to the program, so it’s a lot of work. We’re just
trying to get them acclimated to college baseball and get them settled into what
we expect out of them. Obviously having 23 new players, How do you get them into the mindset of college baseball as opposed to high school? You know, our culture has a lot to do with it. When you think of St. Petersburg College we’ve
got a great tradition of baseball and we’re just trying to build upon that
each year. It’s getting them to understand what we are and what our
expectations are as a college first and then they’re gonna fit into the system
that we provide for them. What’s the daily practice regimen like for all these players? Mondays and Wednesdays and Fridays we wake up at 6 a.m. We do weights from 6 to 7:15 and then the boys have 8 a.m. class. From 8
to 12:15 they’re in class, after that we give them a break to grab lunch rest do
some homework get their tutoring hours in, and then practice starts from 3 to 6
each day. On Tuesdays and Thursdays it’s a similar schedule only, instead of that
tutoring break, we put the boys in yoga for an hour. How do the guys like the yoga? Some guys liked it some guys don’t. It’s a good mind body and soul experience for them and the more they commit to it the better they’re gonna be
at it. I know it’s early but are any freshmen standing out to you? No. No in all seriousness we have a lot of talent this year. When you look at local guys
like Jacob Sesa and Andrew Mills, when you look at guys we brought in from
outside the area like Blake Baker and Roberts Roan, and then you look at some of the
transfers we brought in and Kieran Casey and Jared Señal. We are a very talented
team, however I’m still getting to know the guys. Baseball is a game that you got
to play every day and you got to see every day production and consistency to
be good at it, so right now I’m still getting to know who’s who and what’s
what. Now looking around there’s a lot of changes going on here at Jack Russell. What do you think about where this
stadium is? Yeah, the city of Clearwater is making a lot of investments here and it’s paying off greatly for the
program. When you look they patted the walls last year during the season, they
put up a new scoreboard they’re currently in construction right now to build a grandstand behind home plate to fit
1100 Saint Petersburg College Titan fans I hope. In addition to the college, we’ve
done locker room renovations and the Tampa Bay Rays donated their old field
turf and it’s gonna be installed on the half field behind the main field. I don’t
know a junior college in the country that has a turf field so we are having a
first-class facility here that is second to none. In addition, you talk about the
tradition in this place! Any Philly from 1955 to 2003 played their spring
training games here. It’s just incredible to be here right now. Have you gotten any word from the sophomores that left this program last season? Actually spoke to a couple of them within the last week or so. Dante Ricciardi up at Bryant, Chris Busch
over at University of Tampa, Micah Kaczor over at East Tennessee with Dominick Stefanacci. Guys are doing good, you know,
they’re they’re settling in. Trevor Jensen’s doing a great job at Tulane, I’m
hearing good things from him and they’re just trying to find their own at their
new programs. Now these college athletes are not only athletes, but they’re also students. How important are their grades? Huge. NCAA Division one programs don’t
take a player with less than a 2.5 GPA so, right there, that’s our bottom line
goal. In addition, when you look at academic scholarships at the four-year
level — that starts around a 3.0, 3.3 GPA. Our goals for our guys as a team…
30 guys is a 3.0 team GPA every year. So last year’s group graduated 18 guys in
total when you look at Gavin Gray signing bonus in addition to the players
scholarship packages over a two-year span they accumulated about six hundred
and twenty-five thousand dollars worth of scholarship money. When you think of
University of Tampa it’s somewhere around forty thousand dollars a year to
attend that institution, he’s gonna be there for both his junior and senior
years… that’s about 80 thousand dollars. So, that’s where we get that number from
when you combine all 18 players into one. You know, academically our guys are
taking 15 credit hours. That’s a full term. When you look at that along with
their baseball commitment it’s a full day. They need to do 15 in the fall 15 in
the spring and then do that again as a sophomore to graduate and move on. To
move on to the four-year schools and receive academic and athletic
scholarship money schools and institutions want an AA
degree and that’s what we push a lot of our guys to is the general education
requirement. It’s not easy. Our guys times limited as
is the person that’s working a 40-hour week as is the person that’s working
part-time. It’s a major commitment amongst our guys as well as the regular
student body.

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