Gabriel Garcia | The Advocate & Democrat
New Sequoyah baseball coach Brad Schrock introduces himself to a group of Chiefs baseball players Monday evening in Sequoyah High School's gymnasium.
|Published: 12:11 PM, 06/24/2013
||Last updated: 2:37 PM, 06/24/2013
Author: Gabriel Garcia
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE--Sequoyah's choice for a new baseball coach was
clear: Someone who had mentored its highly successful former one.
Brad Schrock was
introduced as the skipper for the baseball Chiefs recently in the gymnasium in front of a
group of players and immediately showed off his enthusiasm to get started.
Schrock was the
pitching coach of former Chiefs head man Adam Kefauver during Kefauver's first two years as a
player at Carson-Newman. Like Kefauver, who is now Stone Memorial's baseball coach, Schrock is
also a C-N alum.
And that connection alone was a major factor in Schrock's hire for
principal Gary Cole.
"Coach Kefauver's system is kind of an extension of the
Carson-Newman system, and when we were talking to coach Schrock we felt like it was similar to
what Kefauver had implemented," Cole told The Advocate & Democrat.
"If we could have a
continuation of the successful aspect of coach Kefauver's system, that would give the players more
chance to be successful."
And Schrock brings his own track record of success coaching high
school baseball from his three years at Millbrook High School in Raleigh, N.C. Millbrook won two
conference titles under Schrock, and in 2009 his team went undefeated in the conference and
advanced to the fifth round of the state playoffs.
After his time at Millbrook, Schrock
returned to C-N for his second stint as pitching coach in 2010.
Schrock has also coached in the
"He's just got a world experience, and he comes from that same type of
foundation that Adam Kefauver came from," said Sequoyah athletic director Terry Harris. "They're
both Carson-Newman guys. They coach that Carson-Newman way, and we felt the transition from one to
the other would be so much smoother with coach Schrock. And I think the kids are going to love
him. He's one of those highly personable guys, and I think he's going to do a wonderful
Schrock arrives at a Sequoyah program coming off consecutive 27-win seasons, the best
in school history, that ended with sectional appearances.
"I'm very appreciative of the
opportunity that was given to me," Schrock told The Advocate & Democrat. "I'm looking forward
to being the best person I can be with these guys and the best leader I can be. The program is
going in a great direction. Coach Kefauver has done a great job, and I just hope I can leave the
program going in a positive direction."
Reminded of the program's recent accomplishments,
Schrock lightheartedly referred to the "pressure" at Sequoyah, but he also acknowledged that the
Chiefs have more rungs on the ladder yet to climb to namely a state tournament
"That'll come down to all of us buying into one another, trusting one another,
trusting the routines, trusting the process, believing in one another, sacrificing, dedicating
your time to one another and seeing what happens," Schrock said. "There's no guarantees in life,
but there is a guarantee that if you stay with the process and you believe in yourself you have
confidence I think good things can come from that."
Schrock will also take over Kefauver's
position as Sequoyah's health, physical education and wellness teacher.
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