Player Development and College Recruiting with Donegal Fergus
Patrick Jones Baseball
Donegal Fergus has been in the coaching baseball for over 20 years. He has coached at the collegiate and professional level for numerous teams including the University of Washington, UC Santa Barbra, and most recently, the Minnesota Twins. Donegal is currently working with hitter's in the private sector back home in California. In this episode we talk about challenging players in the practice setting, the similarities between college and pro ball, and college recruiting. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 28 - Donegal Fergus Hitting Coordinator for the Minnesota Twins Part 1
Pacific Northwest Fungo Banter
Coach Fergus from the Northwest, currently with the Minnesota Twins joins us for a two part interview. This part 1 we cover his path in baseball, why being a coach in the Pacific Northwest is so special. And we talk alot about the mental game of baseball.
#003 - Donegal Fergus: On Coaching College Baseball and Working with the Right People
People of Growth
Donegal Fergus is the Minor League hitting coordinator for the Minnesota Twins and before that, he was a college baseball coach for about 20 years. In this conversation, we talk about the importance of surrounding yourself with the right people, the necessity of obstacles, and why you should focus at being the best at your job, instead of looking for the next thing. Follow Donegal: Twitter Instagram Background music: Drifting Korners - Joseph McDade --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
Donegal Fergus- Associate Head Coach and Hitting Coach, UC Santa Barbara (CA)
Ahead Of The Curve with Jonathan Gelnar
Video link This episode is brought to you by baseballcloud and OnBaseU. iTunes Stitcher Google Spotify During this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I interview Donegal Fergus, Associate Head Coach at University of California at Santa Barbara. Coach Fergus describes his deep and eventful journey toward getting into baseball coaching. Learn from Donegal Fergus’ experience with gaining trust in his team players, training them to think on their feet for themselves, and how to train properly for having great timing as a hitter. Episode Highlights: Why did Donegal Fergus decide to get into baseball coaching? What are the typical fall training routines for Coach Fergus’ team? What is the process of getting to work with training after establishing trust with the team? What were the main goals for Coach Fergus to make his team successful? What are habits that good players do on a typical basis? How does Donegal Fergus go about training for timing? What does the phrase ‘bat or barrel’ mean to Coach Fergus? How does Coach Fergus handle batting practice? What is the latest think Donegal Fergus has learned that has gotten him excited? Are there things during practice that his players can’t get enough of? What are some of his favorite resources? 3 Key Points: Kids have a strong sense when adults aren’t authentic and are pretending to be something they aren’t. Hitters should learn how to ‘dance with the pitcher’,’ meaning sync up and feel the rhythm of the pitcher’s throws and movements. A hitting exercise of having players miss a hit on purpose is a way to train their bat path and timing. Tweetable Quotes: “I tell our guys almost every day, ‘Hitting is really hard.” We are going to have days, no matter how good you are, that you aren’t very good.” – Donegal Fergus (07:55) “One of the biggest things with building relationships is that it has to start from a baseline of safely, with a safe environment, where you aren’t afraid to share, and you aren’t afraid to collaborate.” – Jonathan Gelnar (10:30) “I don’t want to get boxed into what my guys need.” – Donegal Fergus (19:33) “We went into it with sort of the blank slate of getting with our guys and letting them lead us where we need to go.” – Donegal Fergus (22:59) “The less that I have to be involved from a hand-holding standpoint the better. The more I can take myself out of the equation the better, creating curious learners that ask questions, versus asking for the answers.”– Donegal Fergus (23:30) “We need to figure out what we’re seeing and what our body does in reaction to that, and rewire it sometimes.“ – Donegal Fergus (28:26) “Don’t swing at his pitch, swing at your pitch…if it’s not your pitch then it is a ball in our mind.” – Donegal Fergus (39:52) “Why certain CEOs or politicians are so successful is because they stopped worrying about external expectations or external social ques. It doesn’t affect them.” – Donegal Fergus (51:04) Resources Mentioned: Ahead of the Curve Podcast Twitter: @AOTC_podcast Linkedin: Donegal Fergus Instagram: @donegalfergus Twitter: @coachferg
@coachferg Former University of Washington assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Donegal Fergus has agreed to terms to become the associate head coach at UC Santa Barbara, head coach Andrew Checketts announced on Monday, June 25, 2018. Fergus, a former assistant at Seattle University and head coach at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash., joins the UCSB staff after spending the past five seasons at the University of Washington."I am excited that Donegal and his family will be joining us," Checketts said. "Donegal has a reputation as a relationship builder and is a proven winner with a pedigree of success. He will bring energy and experience with him and I look forward to working together to get the Gauchos back to the postseason and beyond". Upon Fergus' arrival to Washington following the 2013 season, the Huskies enjoyed one of their most successful stretches in program history. In 2014, Fergus' first season as hitting coach, Washington snapped a 10-year postseason drought after going 41-17 and advancing to the NCAA Regionals. The Huskies also achieved their highest ranking in team history, reaching the No. 5 spot in the Baseball America, Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball Poll.Washington proceeded to advance to three NCAA tournaments in five seasons with Fergus on staff, including an appearance in the College World Series in 2018 after the Huskies won their first ever Super Regional."My family and I could not be more excited to join the Gaucho family," Fergus said. "Coach Checketts and his family could not be more welcoming to my clan. I'm fired up by the opportunity to be at a place that combines incredible educational opportunities with progressive player development. Coach Checketts has shown that he can recruit and grow players as well as anyone in the country and I am honored to be a part of that and I can't wait to get started!"Fergus' recruiting talents have shined through during his tenure as Washington committed the fewest errors in program history in 2017, recording the third-best fielding percentage (.982) in the nation. Furthermore, the Huskies have had more All-Pac-12 position players honored over the past five seasons than any other five-year stretch in program history.In 2016, Fergus assembled the top recruiting class in Washington history after being ranked No. 10 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 9 by Perfect Game. His 2015 recruiting class came in at No. 15 by Baseball America. His eye for talent also translates at the next level as Washington has had 26 players selected in the Major League Baseball draft since Fergus' arrival, including a school record eight selections in 2014.As a head coach at Lower Columbia College in 2013, Fergus led the Red Devils to a 34-14 record and a trip to the West Region playoffs. He also served as an assistant at Lower Columbia where he helped guide the team to four division titles, a NWAACC championship and a 2005 recruiting class that had seven players selected in the MLB draft.Fergus also spent time as an assistant at Seattle University and was a head coach at Tacoma CC for five years.A native of Powers, Ore., Fergus played baseball at Linfield College where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science and later earned a master's degree in homeland security from American Military University. Fergus is married to his wife, Kim, and they have three children, Seamus, Finnegan and Maclean.
UCSB Associate Head Coach Donegal Fergus Talks Gauchos Baseball, Tommy Jew, Recruiting & More
UCSB Associate Head Coach Donegal Fergus joins Jason A. Churchill to talk about the Gauchos' hot start, star outfielder Tommy Jew, recruiting in college baseball & more. Subscribe for under $5/month See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.