Thursday, December 27, 2012

Cave Drawings

This month marked the fifth year of The Coach's Cave's existence and I thought it warranted a look back. This is more than just a retrospective, rather, it is more of a tribute to those who have helped me over the past five years.

The blog was created back in December of 2007 when I was in my fourth and final year coaching at Mount Union College (that's Mount Union College, not University). After the 2008 season, the original posts were scrapped and the blog was rebooted the following fall when I started coaching at North Central College. The blog has has seen a few minor alterations in color and content, there is now a YouTube channel, and the blog is now featured in The News-Herald's Media Lab (thanks to Cheryl Sadler), as well as the Lake Erie athletic site (thanks to Jason Tirotta). But the one area that has seen the most change has been the logo.

The Evolution of the Logo
It's not much of an evolution, really. It hasn't been around for too long and hasn't really undergone too many alterations (a color change in 2010) but has been used in different forms. The logo was designed by one of my former players, Jimmy Habecker, who is now an assistant coach at Finger Lakes Community College in New York. I coached Jimmy from 2004-08 at Mount Union, where he helped with various off-the-field projects, among other things but it wasn't until after we both left Mount when the logo was conceived. The logo received some outside interest in 2011, where an anonymous emailer inquired as to the availability of the logo. As you can see, there are a few different versions, which all serve a purpose in some capacity.

                                    2008-10                                                               2010-11

             2011-Current (Primary)                                 2011-Current (Lake Erie website)

2012 T-Shirt Design

I want to send out a special thanks to Jimmy, Cheryl, Jason, and all those who have helped me along the way. Here's to five more years!

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Tweeting Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse...except maybe a few birds tweeting away on their smart phones and ipads. But before we turn off our ringers for one silent night, a few members of the Storm baseball team would like send out some holiday wishes.

I hope everyone is having a joyous holiday season, spending time with friends and family. The Storm baseball team would like to send our very best wishes to you and yours...Happy Holidays!

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Opening Presents Early

Merry Christmas to Lake Erie baseball players and their families. Here is an early Christmas present from The Rattlesnake, Heath Kelley. Enjoy this one!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Not Another Top Ten List

Because we are nearing the end of the year...and possibly the end of the world (if the Mayans are correct), every magazine, website, blog has put together some kind of top ten list to wrap-up the year. I did something similar last year, but I refuse to do that again. Actually, instead of a top whatever list, I am taking a different approach this year by taking a month-by-month look at 2012. So in cased you missed it, this was 2012.


20: Close.

24: After slow start to season, Storm opens conference play with a win over #10 Grand Valley State. 
25: Storm sweeps day two of conference opener to take 3-of-4 from #10 Grand Valley State.

1: Storm jumps out to 7-1 record in conference play after four-game sweep of Hillsdale.
6-7: Storm splits double-headers on both Day 1 and Day 2 at Tiffin in four, one-run games.
11: Storm regains possession of 1st place after comeback win on the road.
22: Day 2 sweep of Northwood ties single-season wins record...

2: Storm clinches first postseason berth as Division II program.
8: Storm land seven players on All-GLIAC team.
9: Late-inning comeback seals deal on first postseason win on the most exciting moment of the season!
17: Brayan Cacique made Daktronics All-Region team.
22: Brian Kilway joins Cacique on ABCA All-Region team.




14: Fall Ball begins.

24: Green team wins SFL Cup in 14th inning.


10: Reid Rizzo Bike-A-Thon Highlights.

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Gearing Up for Charity: Part 2

The 24-Hour Bike-A-Thon is nothing new to the campus of Lake Erie College but this year, all proceeds from the event went directly to the Reid Rizzo Foundation. The event raised over $400 for the Foundation. We would like to send out a special thanks to Mary Walter, Student Government President, and the others who set up and worked the event, those who rode, and those who donated. Everyone's contribution was much appreciated. PRESS ON!

There were over 70 riders for the event and in addition to the baseball team, we would like to thank and recognize the following riders:

Gary Carr, JD Dorn, Louis Eron, Grace Ferut, Brian Gelter, Rich Graves, Kevin Hoogenboom, Kyle Humphrey, Michaela Isbell, Leah Jones, Richard Keay, Captain Richard Klein, Kim Mariotti, Megan McKenna, Ben Miller, Erin Nunn, Jordyn Parrigan, Venessa Patfield, Mike Prince, Deb Remington, Mike Robare, Jay Schiffbauer, Michaela Schock, Erin Stanforth, Sarah Stroope, Brittany Swansboro, Tyler Tesny, Jason Vitek, Rob Walton, Casey Wendall, Megan Wessels, Stacy Woodford