"On the Bump" w/ Cole Thompson
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Hey everyone thanks for taking the time to read my blog. My name is Cole Thompson and I am a 19-year-old sophomore from Plano, Texas. I play baseball for the Centenary Gents and I will be blogging all spring to let y'all have an inside look at the life of a college athlete. From practices and games to team gatherings, you will experience what myself and my 31 closest brothers go through day in and day out.

From San Antonio to Canada, and Washington to Georgia, our team is composed of characters from all over North America. Due to transfers and graduation, we only returned 8 players and brought 23 players into the program. It was very different coming into the locker room this year and seeing all the new faces, but our team quickly adapted and began working as a team.

One of the first things our team did as a group was participate in the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. We split into two groups and took turns working the local phone bank for the Telethon down at the Boardwalk. It was a great experience for the team to help raise money for such a renowned foundation.

With the departure of Coach McCann, Coach Diaz took over as our Head Coach. While it is his first year as an official Head Coach at a D1 program, he is in no way lacking knowledge, experience, or any of the other intangibles. He has done a great job of preparing the team throughout fall practice and we feel ready to compete for a spot in the Summit League tournament in May. Also, we brought in Coach Austin Jones to help with the Strength & Conditioning program as well as working with our 1st basemen and catchers. He has been an excellent influence in the weight room, especially considering we have so many guys playing their 1st season at the college level. We have made great strides in the weight room, and I believe the hard work we are putting in now will help us win several games in the spring. Also back to help coach is Jason Stephens. Coach Stephens works with the pitchers and he has done wonders with the arms we brought in. Guys have been developing better mechanics as well as increasing velocity. Coach Stephens really helps guys fix the little things in their mechanics, which lead to big results.

Some of the highlights from the fall include a pair of games against LSU-S as well as a Fall World Series in which our team split into a Maroon and White team and played a best-of-3 series. We split our games with LSU-S, losing 8-7 then coming back and winning 5-4. As a team, we played very solid defense, which allowed us to be competitive for all 18 innings. In our Fall World Series, the Maroon team defeated the White team 2 games to 1. The series came down to game 3, in which the White team loaded the bases with 2 outs while down by 1 run in the bottom of the last inning. However, freshman Trey Guccione retired the last hitter and as a result earned the save. It was great to see him bounce back and compete after receiving the loss in game 2 just hours earlier.

I think the biggest thing we learned this fall was that communication is key to success. We must talk and be on the same page each pitch in order to achieve the results we want.

Thanks for reading and I will be back with a weekly installment each week in the spring. Also, I will have a quick Q & A session with two teammates at the end of each blog so that you can get to know the guys a little better. This week, I will be interviewing myself, as well as our junior catcher, Jeff Schaffert.

Cole Thompson - Sophomore/Plano, Texas
Q: What is your major?
A: Business/Accounting

Q: You must always have _________ on road trips?
A: My cell phone

Q: Favorite professional sports team?
A: Texas Rangers

Q: Favorite TV show?
A: How I Met Your Mother

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: Working in the front office of a professional sports team

Q: Favorite movie?
A: Friday Night Lights

Q: What is your dream vacation?
A: A trip to the mountains in the summertime

Q: What is something most people don't know about you?
A: I am nearly unbeatable in NCAA football on the PS3 or Xbox

Q: Why did you pick your jersey number?
A: Lucky #10

Q: If you could have dinner with any 3 people in history, who would they be?
A: Jesus, Brian Wilson, and Jennifer Aniston

Jeff Schaffert - Junior/Midland, Michigan
Q: What is your major?
A: Psychology with a Neuroscience Minor

Q: You must always have _________ on road trips?
A: A pillow

Q: Favorite professional sports team?
A: Detroit Tigers

Q: Favorite TV show?
A: Pawn Stars

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: Either playing professional baseball or having my own private psychology practice

Q: Favorite movie?
A: Forrest Gump

Q: What is your dream vacation?
A: Alaskan Cruise

Q: What is something most people don't know about you?
A: I have a twin brother

Q: Why did you pick your jersey number?
A: Because 24 was taken

Q: If you could have dinner with any 3 people in history, who would they be?
A: Babe Ruth, Sigmund Freud, and Jim Gaffigan

On the bump,

-Cole Thompson #10