Today's Dynamic Team/Coach Preview takes us to Hanover High School in Virginia to preview Coach Charlie Dragum and his traditional powerhouse program. After his playing days at VCU were over Coach Dragum jumped right into the high school baseball coaching scene. Coach Dragum is a an outstanding teacher/evaluator of the game. He is also the Head Coach of the 15u Evoshield Canes North.
After a state championship run in 2014 for Coach Dragum and his Hanover Hawks they look to do it again in 2015. The Hawks will have a deep pitching staff which should help them make another deep run. Offensively the Hawks will be lead by Junior MIF and UVA commit Cayman Richardson. Other top players who look to be big contributors for the Hawks in 2015 are Seniors OF Elliott Sheldd, C Brady Didlake, P Reeves Lowry, Juniors 1B/LHP John Gregory, OF Hayden Moore, RHP Grey Lyttle, LHP Jacob Weis and RHP/OF Marty Tolson. With depth on the mound, a solid defense behind the deep staff and some dangerous bats in their lineup look for the Hawks to defend their state title in 2015.
Coaches Name: Charlie Dragum
High School: Hanover High School
Classification: (example AAA) 4A
District/Conference: 4A South Conference 20
School Mascot: Hawks
Season Ended with: 4A State Championship
Top returning players:
Cayman Richardson (IF, 2016) John Gregory (1B, LHP, 2016) Hayden Moore (OF, RHP, 2016) Grey Lyttle RHP, 2016) Eliott Sledd (OF, 2015) Brady Didlake (C, 2015)
Reeves Lowry (P, 2015), Jacob Weis (LHP,2016) Marty Tolson (RHP, OF,2016)
Brief statement about your outlook and expectations:
We feel like we will have incredible depth on the mound and will need to work hard to manufacture runs.
Link to high school schedule:
How many years have you been coaching, and what got you into the business?
I have been coaching High School Baseball for twenty three years. I really just wanted to stay in the game. I found a coaching job shortly after I finished playing at VCU and then was given a teaching job the next fall. 23 years later here I am.
What would you say the most rewarding thing about being a baseball coach is?
I like when the players come back. Keeping the relationships with many of the guys is rewarding to me as well as our staff. I also enjoy the competition and love winning.
How do you balance the time demands of coaching, and being with your family?
Very difficult…..My wife and I have been married for 20 years. She’s great about it. Now my son will be playing for me so she has a real reason to come to the games. My daughter really enjoys baseball as well. She likes the social aspect of it. She would hang at the summer tournament all weekend and love it.
Who is the best player you have ever coached, and who is the best player you have ever coached against and why?
I have had many great players. My Guys…Patrick Long, Jake Mayers, Andrew Knizner and Derek Casey. Other Player Michael Cudyer Great Bridge
What does the term being a good teammate mean to you, and why is it important?
Being a good teammate means everything in our program. It simply means being accountable to yourself and your teammates.
What do you think the biggest difference between high school players today versus when you played?
More committed to one sport these days and a whole lot less showcase noise.
Who is your favorite coach of all time, and why?
Dean Smith and Herb Brooks
If you had a day away from the baseball field what would you spend it doing?
Who is going to win the College World Series this year, and who is your preseason pick to win the MLB World Series and why on both accounts?
UVA – Total Program
Phillies- My home team