Gary McClure has either played or coached baseball for over thirty years. In that time, he learned that teams aren’t made; they are molded together. Blended by time. Perfected by overcoming imperfections. In this brief Q&A, Gary McClure comments on this concept and recalls highlights from one of his best years at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee.
Q: What’s the most important lesson you learned as a head coach for APSU?
Gary McClure: I would say learning to have patience and understanding – They all have different makeup, and that they all need to be handled a little different and you can’t rush them. You have to earn their trust and get them to buy into your system!
Q: What do you mean?
Gary McClure: A team can have great players and great coaches but, like a good pair of cleats, it takes some time and wear and tear to get them to where they are comfortable and fit just right.