After another great day of development and workouts yesterday, it appears that the weather is going to befriend us today. The outfielders will come out for the second day this week. After making significant progress on Monday with Coach Bryant, the expectations will be higher today. The weight room session will start promptly at 515 pm.
Although the weather does not look like it wants to cooperate today, the Jack Britt Baseball team will find a place, inside or outside, to work. After two really terrific days of workouts, today eight specified infielders will report to work on skill development to be followed by conditioning at 515 pm. It is hard to believe that the first day of tryouts is less than three weeks away.
Please let it be noted that weight room and conditioning activities will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. These activities are open to ANYONE interested in trying out for the baseball team. Moreover, it is highly encouraged that potential players attend.
Today, the specified pitchers and catchers (eight total) will report at 345p to start their first day of “Spring Training.” Due to exams and guidelines set forth by Cumberland County Schools and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) players have not been able to participate in any type of skill development and/or conditioning for the past couple of weeks. As a result, the coaching staff is thrilled to be back out working hard to get the pitchers and the catchers into mid-season form.
Title - Varsity Head Baseball Coach
Education Background –
B. A. – History, The University of Akron (Ohio), 2004
B. A. – Social Studies Education (Grades 6-12), The University of Akron (Ohio), 2004
M. Ed. – Curriculum and Instruction (Social Studies Education), Campbell University, 2008
Ph. D. – Curriculum and Instruction (Social Studies Education), N.C. State University (Anticipated May 2015)
A native of Akron, Ohio, Coach Dague started his coaching career as the Varsity Assistant Head Coach/Pitching Coach at Revere High School (Ohio). During his eight years at Jack Britt High School, Coach Dague has taught World History, AP World History, and AP European History. During this time he also spent two summers as a faculty member at the University of Richmond’s Governor’s School for the Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts where he co-created a class on the history of global revolutions as told through a variety of social, artistic, and political lenses. He has also been fortunate to participate in a myriad of educational and professional opportunities which includes Governor Easley’s Real D.E.A.L. Initiative and The Educational Trust’s Dispelling the Myth. Coach Dague was also awarded the Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction (2009), the Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction (2010), and was named a 2010 Fellow for the Goethe Institut Trans-Atlantic Outreach Program. He is also an active member of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education.
Prior to becoming the Head Coach in June 2010, he served as the Varsity Assistant Head Coach for one year and acted as the Junior Varsity Head Coach for four years. In his first three seasons as the Head Coach, the Buccaneers have improved in their win total each season, making the NCHSAA state tournament in eac season.
2011 (10-13, 7-5 in the Mid-South Conference, 4th place)
2012 (12-15, 7-5 in the Mid-South Conference, T-3rd place)
2013 (15-12, 8-4 in the Mid-South Conference, T-2nd place)
Total 37-40 overall 22-14 in the Mid-South Conference
Over the past three years, Coach Dague has served as both an assistant coach (2011, 2012) and the head coach (2013) for Region Four in the Powerade State Games. Region Four finished 2-2 this past summer (2013) and played for the Bronze Medal.
Last but certainly not least, Coach Dague would like to dedicate this season, and all seasons to follow, to his late father and best friend James E. Dague who lost his courageous battle with cancer in October 2002. May you look kindly upon us with love and support.