Three years after leaving the local high school baseball scene, Lin Hart, Jr. is returning to the coaching profession and soon will be again teaching prep level players the game and preparing them for varsity level play and beyond.
Hart, who coached freshman the freshman team at Timberland High School is thrilled to be coming back into the game after a self-imposed break in 2014.
He will be leading a 14U freshman level team with the Missouri Gators, who are based out of Wentzville.
“I really just got a little bit burned out between coaching at Timberland and coaching my club team,” Hart said. “Now, I’m excited to have the chance to be able to teach the game to young guys at the freshman level to help them develop and prepare for varsity ball and potentially college baseball.”
Hart will be joining the Gators as the manager of their 14U AAA developmental team. The team will be a developmental club that will play a local schedule with regular season and tournament play.
Players for the squad will be primarily from Wentzville district high schools Holt, Timberland, and Liberty but the Gators will also have players from St. Charles and Hazelwood high schools as well.
“Our players will be primarily from the Wentzville school district since the club is based in Wentzville, but we will have some players from Hazelwood as well as St. Charles, “Hart said.
Hart’s primary duties with the club will be coaching the 14U team and he will also spend time as a roving instructor that will work with different age level teams within the Gators organization.
For Hart, it is a great fit that allows him to teach the fundamentals of the game and help develop high school level baseball talent.
“It’s a great situation where the Missouri Gators picked me and I picked them,” Hart said.
Hart emphasized that his program will strive to accomplish the task of teaching strong fundamental skill development by bringing players from different backgrounds together to achieve athletically and academically.
“We will run a disciplined and structured baseball program that will reward where kids will be rewarded based on performance,” Hart said. “That does not mean someone’s not going to play or get benched but I believe in rewarding performance and in baseball we seem to have gotten away from that a bit.”
Hart led his club and Timberland freshman teams to a 94-37 record during his previous three-year coaching stint.
The Gators 14U developmental club will have 13 players when they begin workouts for the fall season in a few weeks.
The club will play a two-month fall season that will go from August to October.
After October, the Gators will gradually start off-season preparation for the 2018 spring season.
More information can be found on the Gators at missourigators.com.