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Jay and his dear friend Coach Rock go way back, and in this lively podcast we get to hear how Coach Rock approaches coaching each season, what it means to coach a team on and off the field, and how he prepares his team for life after college baseball. We also hear about the lessons he's learned in his own life that drive him to succeed every day, and what's ahead as he retires from his coaching career.
From the University of Memphis website:
Hired on June 29, 2004, Daron Schoenrock became the 16th Head Coach in the long history of baseball at the University of Memphis. Coming off of a seven-year stint as the top assistant and Pitching Coach at three Southeastern Conference Schools (Kentucky 1998, 1999, Georgia 2000, 2001, and Mississippi State 2002, 2003, 2004), Schoenrock immediately began putting his fingerprints on the program including enhancing recruiting efforts to a more national scope, building the Bullpen Club to increase revenue to aid the program’s growth, and launching a season ticket campaign to increase attraction of fans to see the Tigers compete in the ever competitive baseball environment of Conference USA.
In his 37 years as a college baseball coach, Schoenrock has coached 110 players who have gone on to professional baseball including 68 pitchers. Included in those numbers are the 39 Tigers who gained the opportunity to move to the professional ranks in his 17 years at Memphis (26 of them pitchers) including recent Major League Tigers Jacob Wilson and Sam Moll. In addition, three Tigers (Chad Zurcher, 2011 C-USA Player of the Year, Jacob Wilson, 2012 C-USA Player of the Year, and Erik Schoenrock, 2013 C-USA Pitcher of the Year) were voted by conference coaches as the Player or Pitcher of the Year.
Schoenrock’s teams continue to excel off of the field as well. His squads have posted 20 consecutive semesters with at least a 3.0 team G.P.A. and have always been very active in the community partnering with The Down’s Syndrome of Memphis in their yearly Step-Up Walk, The Forever Young Veterans Association, The Ronald McDonald House annual radiothon, and the Germantown Community Center After School Program at various Germantown elementary schools.