When it comes to athletics, Saint Leo University has had some top-ranked athletic teams over the years in the Sunshine State Conference at the Division II level. One club, the Saint Leo baseball team, is coached by a former professional baseball pitcher who has enjoyed a long and successful coaching career in college baseball.
In this episode of the Saint Leo 360 podcast, our guest is Rick O’Dette, the head Saint Leo baseball coach. O’Dette talked about:
- His early years growing up in the Midwest and how he got into playing baseball and other sports
- His playing career in high school and college, getting drafted to play professional baseball, and notable players he had as teammates throughout his career
- When and how he got into coaching baseball
- His lengthy coaching career at his alma mater prior to coming to Saint Leo University
- Accepting the head Saint Leo baseball coaching job and a recap of his tenure with the Lions
- His current coaching staff and how they all effectively work together
- The specific characteristics he looks for when recruiting student-athletes to play for the Saint Leo baseball program
- The benefits of attending Saint Leo University and playing sports in the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) at the Division II level
- How student-athletes can effectively balance athletics and academics
- What it takes to compete in the minor leagues and a path to the majors
- What he enjoys most about coaching
Listen to Episode 49 of the Saint Leo 360 podcast on the Episode 49 podcast page.
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Learn More about the Saint Leo Baseball Program and Head Coach Rick O’Dette
Learn more about the Saint Leo baseball program and follow the team for the upcoming 2022 season on the official Saint Leo athletics site.
Check out Rick O’Dette’s bio page to learn more about his coaching career.