By Thomas Sellers Jr.
There’s a new face in the Munford Cougar Baseball program these days.
The man who will be leading the program this upcoming season is interim Head Coach Jake Garbuzinski. Recently taking over the duties of head coach, Garbuzinski has jumped into the mix organizing the signing ceremony of seniors Kyle Hindman and Wesley Bass.
Meanwhile Garbuzinski is putting the finishing touches on his offseason program for the entire team. Recently graduated from Christian Brothers University as a pitcher, the 22-year-old has recently enjoyed the process of being recruited himself out of Christian Brothers High School.
Now he takes over a program he has tremendous respect.
“We played against them a few times when I was in high school and in basketball,” Garbuzinski recalled. “So I’ve been out here before. I’m familiar with Munford.
“It’s great but at the same time we’re trying to keep ourselves on the right path to continue this kind of success Munford has had over the years,” he added. “We’re looking to sign two, three more, maybe all our seniors to scholarship whether it be junior college, Division II or III. I’m just trying to do that and help them get to the next level like a bunch of great men helped me.”
While learning about Munford High School and Munford Baseball from his players, Garbuzinski said he will also incorporate some lessons from the powerhouse CBHS to help in 2015.
“I’m going to lean on all the things I’ve learned from the powerful tradition of Christian Brothers High School,” he noted. “We’ve won a bunch of State championship over there. And I know it sounds corny, but student/athlete is really important.
“Ninety-nine percent of the people don’t get to play after they go to college,” Garbuzinski added. “So you have to step up and I always thought it would be a good thing to help guys to get to where I’m at. It took a lot of family, friends and coaches to get to where I am today. So I just want to give back.”
Garbuzinski said winning on the field will also be a good way to give back. And the Cougar program has enjoyed championship success in past decades Garbuzinski is ready to resurrect.
“What I want our identity to be, we’re going to come out swinging,” he concluded. “We want to get the first punch in and if somebody hits us, we’re going to hit them back. I want us to put up a strong front. We want to be one of the toughest teams around. And that history is here. We want to build off guys like the Aaron Fultz and the 1991 State championship team.”