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Seattle University Recruiting Coordinator - Millard Dawson

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Millard Dawson enters his fifth year with the baseball program at Seattle U in 2021-22, and his fourth as an assistant under Head Coach Donny Harrel. In his first season, Dawson served as a student manager for the Redhawks. He assists with the recruiting, small-game offense and outfielders, while also serving as the team's first base coach.

Millard shares his experiences being a competitor playing multiple sports and how he's grown as a hitter over the years. He tells us about professional baseball and what it all takes to be a complete hitter. He also talks about letting players be their own hitting coach.

He shares the importance of understanding how the body moves in sequence and getting hitters to understand how their body moves via drills or constraints from the ground up.

Millard shares some tips on how to be successful from a hitting standpoint. He talks about why he wants to give back to the youth and college athletes and help them learn from the mistakes that he made along the way.

In this episode, he touched base on Mental skills and breathing during fall ball and the importance of doing the right things at all times.


[2:31] What were you hoping to do with your bachelor's degree in Kinesiology/Health Promotion?

[3:52] What are some ways that you help hitters figure out their own body and how it's supposed to move, are there certain constraints or drills that you like to use with your hitters?

[5:22] The whole process of you deciding to try to play football and baseball at a very high level in college and ending up in professional.

[10:49] What are some of those mistakes you felt like you made back then that you help make sure guys steer away from?

[13:30] What's the right way to approach you as a coach if you recommend something to a player but they feel comfortable doing it their own way?

[17:05] How much do you promote just the competition within?

[19:29] What's your take on doing those types of things to help build confidence within players in that competition?

[22:08] what about lifting during the season?

[23:44] What's a typical fall ball day if you're a hitter?

[25:53] What's your take on small ball versus trying to hit for power?

[27:44] Is it important for you as a recruiter to make sure each guy can lay down a bun?

[28:52] What are some things that you know you've learned since you've started scouting, recruiting, and watching players?

[30:32] Do you watch kids?

[31:56] From a pitching standpoint is there a certain amount of starts or a certain amount of games you need to see from him before you're ready to make an offer?

[33:05] What about looking for position players who strictly play up the middle?

[34:10] Is there a certain time like home to first time or 60 time that really catches your eye?

[35:11] What about arm strength for outfielders?

[36:46] Is it hard to evaluate an outfielder though from their range standpoint?

[39:52] How do you go about developing them as human beings?

[41:49] Do you guys name captains?

[45:03] Are you guys utilizing the transfer portal?

[47:16] What advice would you give yourself being a recruiting coordinator on just how to go about getting them seen and getting recruited like what should they be focusing on?






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