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The Dugout

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A College Baseball Match Podcast hosted by Eric Walczykowski Through interviews with top college coaches and baseball personalities, we break down the college recruiting process from start to finish. Our goal is to demystify and cut through the misinformation one episode at a time. Interested in having a recruiting question answered on the show? Email us at [email protected]


Grinnell College
May 24, 2019 • 24 min
Known for it’s high academics and competitive baseball program, Grinnell College represents a unique opportunity for those players that want to get a terrific liberal arts opportunity coupled with playing the sport they love. Caleb Cline, an assistant…
Seton Hall University
May 17, 2019 • 27 min
Tyler Smarslok knows a thing or two about college recruiting. It wasn’t too long ago that he himself went through the process. During that time he sent over 60 personalized emails to programs of all levels. He only heard back from one, Kean University.…
Middlebury College
May 10, 2019 • 28 min
Head Coach Mike Leonard knows a thing or two about the NESCAC conference. Considering he’s been a head coach for both Bates College and now Middlebury, he’s had success at both stops. Mike also knows a thing or two about evaluating talent and creating…
Westmont College
May 3, 2019 • 38 min
Imagine playing in beautiful Santa Barbara with a competitive NAIA program in Westmont College. Head Coach Rob Ruiz has had great success in the GSAC and has maintained a talented and dedicated assistant coaching staff. Combine the location and program…
Trinity University
Apr 26, 2019 • 25 min
It’s almost every high school player’s dream to play competitive baseball at the collegiate level. While most assume that means at a NCAA Division I program, it’s safe to say that playing for a baseball team that consistently makes the postseason would…
University of Chicago
Apr 19, 2019 • 39 min
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University of Puget Sound
Apr 12, 2019 • 27 min
Today’s episode features another NCAA Division III, Northwest Conference program in University of Puget Sound. Head Coach Jeff Halstead makes a case from an academic and athletic standpoint of why Puget Sound is perfect for raw baseball players that have…
Princeton University
Apr 5, 2019 • 28 min
US News and Review released their 2019 Rankings. Princeton University is #1. That’s right. The university beat out the usual suspects of top universities and after our conversation with Assistant Coach, Mike Jurzynski, it’s easy to see why. On this…
UC Davis
Mar 29, 2019 • 31 min
Becoming a UC Davis Aggie means making a commitment to excellence both on and off the field. The Top 40 university is a stones throw away from both the Bay Area and Sierra Mountain Range. We had the pleasure of discussing the NCAA Division I program with…
Chapman University
Mar 22, 2019 • 27 min
Chapman University is a terrific NCAA Division III program with a successful past. In our interview with Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, Geoff Fox, we discuss the players that the Panthers look for, why playing in beautiful, Orange CA, is a…
Lafayette College
Mar 15, 2019 • 23 min
Andrew Dickson is entering his 6th season as a collegiate head coach and his 2nd as the Assistant Coach with NCAA Division I Lafayette College. We discuss the perks of playing for a program that has famous alumni, such as Chicago Cubs Manager, Joe Maddon.…
University of Rochester
Mar 8, 2019 • 25 min
Today we featured a Top-50 academic program that plays a competitive brand of baseball in a supportive environment. The University of Rochester baseball program has a new assistant coach in Justin Johnson. Justin has thus far had a successful career as a…
George Fox University
Mar 1, 2019 • 26 min
Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, Kevin Kopple, is entering his 13th season at NCAA Division III George Fox University. Located in beautiful, Newberg, Oregon, the program plays in the competitive Northwest Conference. On this episode Kevin…
Oberlin College
Feb 22, 2019 • 35 min
Oberlin College is a private institution that was founded in 1833. It’s a top liberal arts institution that competes at the NCAA Division III level. In our conversation with the Oberlin’s Lead Assistant Coach and Hitting Instructor, Brandon Jossey. We…
Point Loma Nazarene University
Feb 15, 2019 • 44 min
Does warm sun, a picturesque ballpark and a supportive Christian college sound like your kind of environment? If so, then Point Loma Nazarene University may be right for you. We spoke with Jeff Calhoon, the new assistant coach for the NCAA Division II,…
Bates College
Feb 8, 2019 • 25 min
What’s it like to attend a top liberal arts college based in Lewiston, Maine? We find out during our interview with Bates College assistant coach, Tony Deshler. Tony has coached at various levels and even spent time playing in Australia. We discuss how…
Ep 59: Developing a plan for Sophomores
Feb 7, 2019 • 10 min
Sophomore year is critical on your recruiting journey. You must develop a plan to make sure you reach your dream of playing college baseball. Tune in to determine your best course of action.
Ep 58: “Aim High, Fly-Fight-Win” The Air Force Baseball Way
Feb 1, 2019 • 36 min
Have you ever had a desire to serve a higher purpose? Does flying fighter jets and working in careers with cutting-edge technologies fire you up? Do you want to be career-ready AND have the ability to play NCAA Division I baseball? If yes, then the Air…
Ep 57: Building a Program From The Ground Up
Jan 28, 2019 • 35 min
The NCAA Division III, Bard baseball program is a fairly modern development, but that doesn’t stop it from being an attractive landing spot for academic-forward players. Today we spoke with Head Coach Andy Salvatore. He gave us the inside scoop on the…
Ep 56: Rock Chalk. Jayhawk. KU
Jan 25, 2019 • 25 min
This is an insightful episode where we highlight Kansas University Baseball and Head Coach Ritch Price. We discuss what makes a KU baseball player, Coach Price’s recruiting philosophy and the importance of high school coach validations. So if you think…
Ep 55: Making the Most of Your Junior Season and Summer
Jan 24, 2019 • 11 min
Junior year is the most important year on the recruiting calendar. You have two options on how to handle it. You can either go play your season and hope for the best. Or you can take control of your process and research schools that match you best. The…
Ep 54: Uncommitted Seniors: You Have 3 Options
Jan 23, 2019 • 14 min
Uncommitted Seniors: You have three simple options. 1) Walk On 2) Develop 3) Get Real. We break down all three paths and give you the steps to take next. It’s time to commit to the process. Time is running out.
Ep 53: So you want to play for Stanford Baseball?
Jan 21, 2019 • 16 min
We continued our conversation with Stanford Head Coach, Dave Esquer, on crucial topics like: Athletic and Academic Requirements, NCAA Recruiting Compliance and Stanford Baseball’s “IT” factor. We also get into WHAT Coach Esquer and his coaching staff look…
Ep 52: The Making of a Pac-12 Champion in Year One
Jan 18, 2019 • 14 min
What’s it like to go from former Stanford Baseball walk-on to Stanford Baseball Head Coach? How do you grab the reigns and fill the shoes of an college baseball legend like Coach Mark Marquess? What separates the 2018 Pac-12 Champions from the other top…
Ep 51: BONUS CONTENT
Jan 17, 2019 • 8 min
Will Felton breaks down the differences between the recruiting experience as a transfer vs the experience as a high school student. He also recounts a story that demonstrates that you always need to play like there’s someone watching in the stands.
Ep 51: Belief Above All Else
Jan 16, 2019 • 18 min
Today we spoke with Will Felton. Will has played baseball at Sierra College, Folsom Lake College and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. From not finding his fit at Sierra College (an experience that made him re-consider his future in the sport)…
Ep 50: College Recruiting Should Be as Easy as Buying a Pair of Shoes
Jan 15, 2019 • 9 min
Everyone tries to overcomplicate the college recruiting process. We had CBM Co-Founder, Roc Murray simplify it for you. It all comes down to Match, Connect and Fit. Learn why the college recruiting process should be as easy buying a new pair of shoes and…
Ep 49: From the Baseball Diamond to the Boardroom
Jan 12, 2019 • 28 min
Today we had the privilege to sit down with Cameron Law. Cameron played baseball at UC Davis and after earning his Masters degree in Australia, now works as Executive Director of Social Venture Partners of Sacramento. In our discussion, we touched on the…
Unlock The Secret To Success: It Starts With Time Management
Jan 9, 2019 • 22 min
We brought Emma Wadiak back on the podcast to discuss why time management is an incredibly important skill to learn for both short term and long term success. We also dive into how to avoid procrastination and some exercises to practice in mindfulness.
Ep 47: Effective Goal Setting for 2019
Jan 8, 2019 • 19 min
We bring former D1 Strength and Conditioning Coach, Craig Miszewski, back onto the podcast to discuss the psychology behind effective goal setting. Craig has a Masters in Sports Psychology from the University of Missouri. The ability to set goals in the…
Ep 46: It Runs In The Family: A College Recruiting Story
Jan 7, 2019 • 17 min
What are the chances that you end up playing baseball in the same conference as your younger brother. We find out. In Part 1 of a 3-part series we speak with Logan Denholm, a redshirt junior out of UC Davis. We discuss his recruiting process, his ability…
Ep 45: Knowing Yourself and Finding Your Passion
Jan 4, 2019 • 30 min
The ability to know when it’s time to hang up the cleats and pursue other passions is a tough transition. F.P. Santangelo Jr. navigated his own baseball journey quite successfully. The son of a former major leaguer and current Washington Nationals…
Ep 44: From 2 Transfers to Chasing the MLB Dream
Jan 3, 2019 • 23 min
Transferring college programs is a tough experience. It takes a lot of self-reflection, patience and faith in your decision making. Jackson Zarubin went through the process twice! We caught up with Jackson and he discussed his recruiting journey, why…
Ep 43: Passing the Torch and Building on Success
Dec 28, 2018 • 19 min
With Coach Jake McKinley heading off to become a pitching coordinator with the Milwaukee Brewers, William Jessup didn’t have to look very far for a successor. On this episode we had the privilege to sit down with Trevor Paine. We discussed his own…
Ep 42: The Development of a Division I Utility Player
Dec 28, 2018 • 21 min
Josh Winkler has experienced quite a bit in his baseball career so far. We caught up with him as he prepares to begin his first season of D1 baseball after transferring to University of the Pacific. He breaks down his personal recruiting process, his…
Ep 41: Battling Through Adversity with Steven Patterson
Dec 26, 2018 • 17 min
There’s quite the jump from high school baseball to the college level. Do you think you have what it takes to be successful? We discuss the sacrifices required and the balance needed in order to make it to the next level. You may be prepared athletically…
Ep 40: Breaking Down the High School & Travel Ball Dynamic with Adam Farb
Dec 21, 2018 • 16 min
Adam Farb, Founder and CEO of NCTB, breaks down the dynamics between high school and travel ball teams and unveils a new program that allows top high school players to play against top local competition
Ep 39: High Academic Goals? Start with the end in mind
Dec 20, 2018 • 13 min
Do you have your sights set on playing and attending the Ivy League schools? Then you’d better plan ahead. We break down why course load might be more important than GPA and Test Scores. We also discuss tips and tricks to balancing school and sports. The…
Ep 38: The State of Youth Travel Baseball with NCTB’s Adam Farb
Dec 18, 2018 • 17 min
Learn from the Founder and CEO of NCTB, Adam Farb, on the current state of youth travel baseball, why he decided the old tournament status quo wasn’t working and how he feels about the concept of exposure. This is Part I of a two-part series.
Ep 37: Fielding and Fundamentals are Underrated Skills
Dec 17, 2018 • 10 min
Do you want to make it to the next level? Focus on the parts of your game that don’t always get the glory. Most people look at power both on the mound and in the batters box, but it’s the fundamentals and the ability to flash Leather that separate players…
Ep 36: William Jessup University; A Program On the Rise
Dec 16, 2018 • 17 min
We continue our conversation with Coach Jake McKinley as he breaks down what it takes to play for his conference winning baseball program. He explains what it means to play for an NAIA program, some of the financial benefits of being a high academic…
Ep 35: Truly Great Players Make Adjustments
Dec 15, 2018 • 9 min
What do Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Matt Duffy have in common? Besides a playing career with the San Francisco Giants, they all made key adjustments during their player development. We talk to their coach, Gary Davenport for Part II Of our 3-Part…
Episode 34: The Greatest Program Turnaround in College Baseball History
Dec 14, 2018 • 23 min
How was William Jessup University able to go from back-to-back-to-back losing seasons to winning their league overall? What does it take to change a program’s culture? What’s the most important thing to focus on when joining a new team as a coach? We go…
Ep 33: Be More Than a “5-Tool Player” with Dodgers Area Scout and MiLB Coach, Tom Kunis
Dec 13, 2018 • 17 min
Learn from former D1 Pitching coach and current Dodger scout about the five tools and how they impact his evaluation of players at every level. Plus why he favors two additional pieces of criteria that he thinks every successful player has.
Ep 32: Making the Jump: Insights from a MLB Coach
Dec 11, 2018 • 8 min
This is our interview with longtime San Francisco Giants Coach, Gary Davenport. We discuss the two key differences between rookies drafted out of high school and rookies drafted out of college and why passion and work ethic are necessary to make any real…
Ep 31: From DIII Baseball Champion to Broadcaster with the Milwaukee Brewers
Dec 10, 2018 • 34 min
Lot’s of great information and anecdotes in this one: -How Brewers radio broadcaster, Jeff Levering, chose to attend and play baseball at DIII Chapman University. -How Chapman overcame a head coaching change to win the DIII National Championship in…
Ep 30: Recruiting Visit Do’s and Don’ts
Dec 9, 2018 • 11 min
Are you hoping or already scheduled to go on a recruiting visit? Make sure you follow three simple rules.
Have MLB Dreams? “D1 or Bust” is a Myth
Dec 8, 2018 • 10 min
Learn why it’s more important to be on the field at ANY level than on the bench for a D1 program. How CBM’s Star Matching System will direct you to the right program for your development and what one professional scout says about your chances of being…
Ep 28: Is Junior College for you?
Dec 7, 2018 • 27 min
Have dreams of playing at the Division I level but don’t have an offer in hand? You may need some more development. Coach Derek Sullivan (Sully) believes that Sacramento City College might be one of the top places in the country to develop and send you to…
Ep 27: The Downside To Sending A Recruiting Video
Dec 6, 2018 • 13 min
A poorly targeted recruiting video could be the worst thing to send to coaches. Coaches look for actions and results. Keep it short and simple. Don’t try to trick the system with fancy overproduced recruiting videos.
Ep 26: Confronting Reality: The Truth About Tool Development
Dec 5, 2018 • 14 min
Learn from former D1 strength, conditioning and mental skills coach, Craig Miszewski, why tool development is a long process and why you should embrace it. Plus he breaks down each tool and the exercises you need to focus on to reach your goals.…
Ep 25: First Impressions Matter
Dec 4, 2018 • 14 min
If you have an opportunity to meet face-to-face with coaches, you need to make the most of it. Do these three things to build relationships with college coaches. Plus: what do networking events in business and recruiting events in baseball have in common?
Ep 24: Don’t Let Your GPA Hold You Back
Dec 3, 2018 • 15 min
Learn why one D1 coach has a higher academic standard than his school. Find out what GPA you need to maximize your chances of playing at the next level. We highlight three strategies to build a strong academic foundation.
Ep 23: The Importance of the Follow-Up, with Dean Stotz
Dec 2, 2018 • 9 min
Don’t waste the progress you’ve made while at winter camp, Dean Stotz believes you need to do two simple things.
Ep 22: How To Make The Most of Winter Camp with Dean Stotz
Dec 1, 2018 • 16 min
Get the inside scoop on the things you need to do DURING camp to really stand out. In this episode, Dean Stotz, the founder of the #1 college development camp in the world ( Stanford All Star Camp) shares his secrets to making the most of your time at…
Ep 21: Winter Camps: Part II with special guest, Dean Stotz
Nov 30, 2018 • 12 min
Coach Dean Stotz says you need to do these 3 things BEFORE Winter Camp even begins. Learn how best to prepare for camp from the legendary Stanford coach and recruiting director, Dean Stotz. Find out why it’s the little details in your preparation that…
Ep 20: Winter Camps: A Stanford Coach’s Perspective
Nov 29, 2018 • 14 min
Today we had the pleasure of speaking with Coach Dean Stotz. Coach Stotz spent over 37 years at Stanford. Most notably as Associate Head Coach. He has coached numerous All Stars and MVPs and was the Director of Recruiting at Stanford under the legendary…
Ep 19: Confronting Reality: Benchmark + Listener Emails
Nov 27, 2018 • 15 min
On this episode of The Dugout we continue our discussion on “confronting reality”. Following an honest assessment, the next step is to benchmark. We break down what benchmarking means, how you’re able to benchmark on our platform, and why it’s effective…
Ep 18: Confronting Reality: It Starts With An “Honest Assessment” + Listener Emails
Nov 26, 2018 • 22 min
Today we discussed an essential topic: The concept of “confronting reality”. It starts with an “honest assessment”. We highlight the what, how and where of an assessment, and the three types of responses to an assessment. Determine whether you are the…
Ep 17: The Physical and Mental Approach to a Successful Offseason
Nov 25, 2018 • 9 min
This is Part II of a two-part series. We interviewed Alex at the tail end of a very successful season. We discussed the importance of a “work mentality” when approaching an offseason, the necessity of assessment, benchmarking and planning, as well as…
Ep 16: The Ups and Downs of a Baseball Journey with Alex Fagalde
Nov 24, 2018 • 13 min
This is the first installment of a two-part interview. Today we had the pleasure of interviewing Alex Fagalde. Alex has had a very interesting baseball journey. From being cut from his high school baseball team to walking on at Cuesta College, to earning…
Ep 15: The Academic Questions Most Programs Don’t Expect You To Ask
Nov 23, 2018 • 9 min
On this episode of The Dugout we round out our weekly conversation about the importance of Academics by discussing the questions you need to be asking College Coaches. Questions like: “Are there any majors I can’t pursue as a student-athlete?” “What…
Ep 14: Academics Matter: A Player’s Perspective
Nov 22, 2018 • 10 min
Steven Patterson joined us again to talk about his journey and how poor academics in high school potentially limited his recruiting process. Steven discusses what he did to go from a 2.8 GPA in high school to a 3.6 GPA at Delta College. The shift in his…
Ep 13: Inside the Admissions Office: 3 Questions to Assess your Academic Fit
Nov 21, 2018 • 21 min
In this episode we talk with Emma Wadiak, college admissions expert and founder of Connect College Counseling. We discuss the importance of the academic pillar in the recruiting process, which standardized test you should take and what personal essay…
Episode 12: The MOST Overlooked Factor When Deciding on Prospect Camps
Nov 20, 2018 • 7 min
When choosing which prospect camp to attend, Academics need to factor into the equation. You’ll learn why not all camps are created equal and why it’s more important you find a fit academically before committing financially to a ill-fitted prospect camp.
Ep 11: #NoOffseason: Design the Perfect Strength and Conditioning Program with Craig Miszewski
Nov 19, 2018 • 13 min
We are just 12 weeks from the start of Spring baseball. Which means you should be beginning your winter offseason preparation. We wanted to help you design the perfect offseason plan. Our guest on this episode specializes in Strength and Conditioning.…
Ep 10: No NLI yet? No Worries!
Nov 18, 2018 • 16 min
On today’s episode we tackle the concern for seniors who have yet to sign their NLI. We lay out all the steps they need to take moving forward and why our rule of three is the most effective strategy. It all about Assess. Benchmark. Plan
Ep 9: “Intent to Participate” : Read the Fine Print
Nov 17, 2018 • 7 min
In the hours leading up to the start of the Signing Period, we were contacted by a family who had been given an “Intent to Participate” from a well known DI program. As with most important decisions in life, the devil is in the details. We break down what…
Ep 8: The #1 Trait of a DI Commit
Nov 16, 2018 • 9 min
Today we spoke with Coach Matt Cesario about his experience taking part in his former athlete signing an NLI to a DI program. Matt breaks down what was so special about this particular player and how an athlete can leverage fearlessness and a gamer…
Ep 7: Jason Hampton, Yuba College: Is playing for a Junior College the right move for you?
Nov 15, 2018 • 21 min
Jason Hampton is the current pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for Yuba College. A Junior College in Northern California. Prior to joining the staff at Yuba College, Jason coached at DII schools in South Dakota and Minnesota. He spent his…
Ep 6: Signing Day is for Seniors. What about the rest of us?
Nov 14, 2018 • 21 min
While celebrating all of our clients who have finally signed their NLI and have finalized their recruiting process, we wanted to set our sites on what 9th, 10th and 11th graders should be focusing on moving forward. If their goal is to officially commit…
Ep 5: NLI Signing Day: A Top 5 Life Decision
Nov 13, 2018 • 7 min
Today we spoke with Eric Walczykowski about NLI Signing Day. He highlighted the questions you should be asking prior to signing on the dotted line.
Ep 4: Passive vs Active Recruiting
Nov 13, 2018 • 12 min
Today we spoke with the Co-Founder of College Baseball Match and longtime high school baseball coach, Roc Murray. We spoke about the difference between passive and active recruiting and Roc’s thoughts on Verbal Commits.
Ep 3: Should I Attend a Winter College Camp?
Nov 12, 2018 • 9 min
Winter is coming and invitations to college prospect camps with it. Today we delve into the ins and outs of prospect camps. You’ll learn how we feel about college camps, whether or not all camps are created equal. You’ll learn if you should even attend…
Ep 1: From Delta College to UC Davis
Nov 9, 2018 • 6 min
In this episode we speak with Steven Patterson. Steven played baseball in the Indians Organization after a successful career at Delta College and UC Davis. We learned about his journey and his process and even what advice he would give his high school…
Ep 2: Losing Out On Your Verbal Commitment May Be The Best Thing To Happen To You
Nov 9, 2018 • 12 min
In this episode we talk with Eric Walczykowski, CEO and Founder of College Baseball Match. We tackle the ins and outs of the “Verbal Commitment” and discuss why losing out on a verbal commitment may actually be a blessing!