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January 9, 2020  

Reggie Christiansen- Head Baseball Coach, Sacramento State (CA)

January 9, 2020

During this episode of Ahead of the Curve, I interviewed Reggie Christiansen, Head Coach of the Sacramento State Hornets college baseball team. Reggie Christiansen talks about the important balance between developing players individually and as a collective team, how a typical week of training unfolds, how he goes about getting to know his players better, and recommendations for building a productive team culture. 


Episode Highlights: 

  • How did Reggie Christiansen get involved in baseball and as a coach?   
  • What were the first steps Reggie took as a head coach? 
  • What did his team do last fall when his players started to report? 
  • What are they doing on a daily basis to build the team culture? 
  • How does he get players to buy into the individual player concept and the collective team concept? 
  • What ways does Reggie Christiansen get to know his players better? 
  • Does he have a process to help his assistant coaches to grow? 
  • What are some different competitions that he loves to use with his players?  
  • What are some important rules and standards that his team organization has? 
  • Reggie Christiansen talks about what they are doing this spring and making practices more efficient. 
  • What advice does he have for guys getting into their first year of head coaching? 
  • What are things his players get excited about doing during practice?   
  • What is something done during practice that his players really love? 
  • Is there anything that Reggie Christiansen believes that other coaches might disagree with?
  • Which things that typically happen during practice would we notice? 
  • Are there any resources that Reggie Christiansen would recommend? 
  • Remember why we all got into baseball to begin with.  


3 Key Points:

  1. Put players in training situations where they have to overcome fears and to evolve as a team.  
  2. Take ownership of your performance and be honest about your mistakes. 
  3. Balance routine training elements with switching things up.  


Tweetable Quotes:

  • “When I was in high school I coached middle school basketball and I actually coached little league baseball when  I was in high school my senior year. I just fell in love with the organization of putting practices together.” – Reggie Christiansen (00:40)
  • “I think you are probably short-changing your players if you are trying to do everything.” – Reggie Christiansen (06:09)
  • “I think that my job as a head coach is to really allow these guys to chase their dreams individually, and obviously we have team goals as well. So there is a balance.” – Reggie Christiansen (10:00)
  • “Mondays and Wednesdays are very individual skill-based. The focus is on the player...We built Tuesday and Thursday night practices where the focus would be on the team...Friday would be a very short practice.” – Reggie Christiansen (10:50)
  • “I think our players understand that I do care about them individually. But, we also need to make sure that the team component is at the forefront.” – Reggie Christiansen (11:27)
  • “We do some other things that I would call, ‘shared diversity.’ Some might call it ‘shared suffering.’ We try to have as much competition or put them in some experiences that allow them to grow together.” – Reggie Christiansen (11:37)
  • “Give the new guys more of an opportunity to talk a little bit more, to ask questions, to open a little bit, because I think those guys are somewhat pleasers, right? They want to say and do what they think we want.” – Reggie Christiansen (16:04)
  • “I want their best effort all the time. I think that it is simple as that. There is nothing that frustrates you more than seeing a guy not run hard. Just do what you are supposed to do.” – Reggie Christiansen (23:27)


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