“You have to realize that there’s gonna be some setbacks. And you have to be willing to take care of that.”
– Coach George Bennett
Coach George Bennett won 531 games as a college coach at Saint Joseph’s University and Villanova University. He was named Big East Conference Coach of the Year twice and Villanova retired his jersey number 6 in 2003.
Coach Bennett produced seven major leaguers including Gene Schall and Gary Scott. His first recruit was a left-handed pitcher named Jamie Moyer, whose Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame induction he attended (pictured above).
In this podcast, Mr. Bennett shares the story of his humble beginnings as an undersized baseball player. He also talks about how he rose through the ranks, the essential traits of a good coach, and funny recruiting stories.
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[1:34] Too small to fit into his uniform
[6:00] Playing college baseball at West Chester
[13:10] The recruiting of Jamie Moyer
[19:10] Beginning of the Villanova era
[29:17] Funny recruiting stories
[34:00] Important traits for a good coach & advice
Mr. Bennett’s late head coach at West Chester, Dr. Glenn Killinger, has a scholarship foundation through the university. You can find out more and make a small donation here.
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