The Wilson College Baseball team will begin their first season this coming October. Since the school opened in 1869, the college had been all-women until 2013. Baseball will make the school’s fifth sport for the men.
Even though the season does not start until October, the baseball team has already started individual workouts off campus, including some workouts sent from the coach.
“We have our guys already doing workout plans so that when they get here they will already be on our plan,” Head Coach John Poss said. “I am extremely excited for our fall season. I am just waiting for our guys to get on campus.”
As a first-year program, the team will most likely see some adversity and have some growing pains, but Coach Poss is confident in his coaching staff.
“Our coaching staff is already in place and we are all on the same page about what we are going to do,” Poss mentioned. “Tyler Ockey coached at University of Charleston and is a graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School and our pitching coach Josh McCauley is a former professional player for the Chicago Cubs.”
Having coached at Dematha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland and Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, Coach Poss looks to use his prior and past experiences to help him with this new program.
“After my professional career, I went to coach at Dematha for four years and St. Mary’s College for four years,” the first-year head coach said. “Coaching is coaching, I am going to coach the same way I have before including prior high school and college.”
One of the current athletes at Wilson, Jarrett Rickerds, plays soccer at Wilson and will join the team along with the other first-year students coming to campus next year. The soccer stand-out is excited to take on the field.
“It is a real honor and it is really exciting to be on the first baseball team here at Wilson,” Rickerds ’20 said.
Even though it is a new era and first-year for the baseball team, coaches and players have high expectations and goals set for the season.
“I am going to try and make my impact known on the field, we are the first guys here so setting the bar high is what we want to do,” Rickerds mentioned. “The main goal is to win a lot of games. We have the talent to do it so winning more than one game will be a start.”
Coach Poss wants to see where hard work will take his team in their first tenure as a program.
“I want our guys to go out and compete day in and day out with our new program,” Poss reflected. “Teams are going to look past us,” he added.
Though it may be hard work, the incoming team and coaches seem hopeful for the future. Good luck to everyone as they embark on a new part of Wilson history.