In our very first edition of meet the instructor, Team Maine is excited to announce Cejay Suarez will be joining our coaching staff. Suarez is offering top of the line pitching clinics at our facility every Saturday throughout November from 8:00-9:30 AM. Suarez has also made himself available for private and group lessons on weekends and will be working closely with long-time friend and ex-teammate, Director of Baseball here at Maine Hits, Nic Lops.
Suarez is currently the head coach of the Sanford Mainers in the NECBL and has recently joined Husson University as a pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. We are excited to welcome Cejay aboard.
During our interview Cejay displayed tremendous character and valued coaching styles that we would like to share with you.
HOW LONG HAS BASEBALL BEEN APART OF YOUR LIFE?
Baseball has been a part of my life since I was a toddler. When I was young, I always had a dream of playing professionally and becoming the next Albert Pujols. As I grew older, I realized those childhood dreams would be cut short, but I loved the game and wanted to stay involved.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN COACHING FOR?
I have been coaching for the past three years. The first team I coached with was the Plymouth Pilgrims in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, where I focused on hitting, and positional players. When that summer ended, I moved to North Bridgton Maine to work for Aaron Izaryk at Bridgton Academy. I worked under Aaron for two years, primarily with the pitchers, while also assisting with practice planning and recruiting. This past year was my first year as the Manager for the Sanford Mainers in the NECBL. I have recently taken a position with Husson University as the Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator.
HOW DO YOU KNOW AS A COACH IF YOU ARE DOING AN EFFECTIVE JOB? WHAT ARE YOUR MEASURES?
Coaching is all about relationships. Yes, everyone wants to win, but coaches across the country that the positive impacts on young men and the relationships built are what keeps programs moving in the right direction. As much as people like to measure good coaching by wins and losses, the best coaches develop people and not just players.
HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN SUCCESS IN YOUR PROFESSION?
The best way to maintain success is being able to adapt. Times have changed within our game, and the ability we have to develop players is at an all-time high. Baseball has turned into an analytical game, which forces us as coaches to adapt to the numbers and the science behind it.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
Every day I wake up, I live a dream. I get to teach life lessons through a childhood game. The relationships and friendships I have built through baseball are ones that will last a lifetime.