Meridian Star

March 20, 2014

Crenshaw makes waves at Calvary Christian

By Reed DeSalvo \ The Meridian Star
The Meridian Star

— MERIDIAN — Calvary Christian High School baseball coach Scott Crenshaw has the difficult task of attempting to pump new life into into a baseball program that has failed to notch a single victory in over four years.

Crenshaw, who also serves as a part-time assistant baseball coach at the University of Alabama, in addition to serving as the lead instructor for the Tide’s baseball camps, is currently in his first season as head coach in a rebuilding effort at CCHS.

Headmaster of Calvary Christian, Curt Pouncey, was instrumental in bringing Crenshaw on board. Pouncey phoned Crenshaw in October in an attempt to lure him to the school. Shortly thereafter, Crenshaw accepted the position.

“(Pouncey) has been a major supporter of the baseball program,” Crenshaw said. “He’s the one who got me over here. This is his dream. This is his idea. Without him, this wouldn’t be happening.”

Crenshaw’s impact was felt immediately in the winter, when the former head of groundskeeping at Southern Mississippi University took to the fields at Q.V. Sykes Park, in which the Cougars call home, for a full facelift.

“I reseeded the field and cut it out to the correct measurements,” he said. And I work on it seven days a week.”

As for his squad, the Cougars, who play in the MAIS league, currently only field 10 players ó with a majority having never received proper baseball coaching.

“It’s been a challenge,” Crenshaw said. “But it’s been fun seeing young men who have never been coached start to produce. These kid hadn’t been coached before. They haven’t even been taught the proper technique in how to grip a baseball. So I’ve come in and implemented all of this.”

Yet the process has come with plenty of hard work as Crenshaw has put his players though a number of rigorous workouts.

“I put those players through a boot camp, and they never quit,” Crenshaw said. “Those young men have worked so hard. Most would have quit after what I put them through, but they have stayed with it in trying to make themselves better.”

Additionally, Crenshaw brings with him the same coaching philosophy that he utilizes for the Crimson Tide.

Said Crenshaw, “The things that I teach to the University of Alabama players, I’m teaching the same thing to the Calvary Christian players. But I just have to be a bit more patient with them, and teach it at a slower rate because they’re not as good of athletes.”

From his time spent on the college ranks, Crenshaw has leaned on Alabama football coach Nick Saban for his day-to-day mental approach.

“Like coach Saban says, it’s a process,” Crenshaw said. “Every day builds on that process.

“Each payer has to be responsible for what they are doing on the field. They can’t be worried about what their teammates are doing, but take responsibility for their own actions.”

Crenshaw primarily works long days, some extending into the late evenings, in an attempt to juggle his responsibilities at UA and CCHS.

“The fatigue factor has been the hardest part,” he said. “But it’s worth it. If I can help some young men fell good about baseball, then it is all worth it.”

The coach has three goals for his squad this season: to develop true baseball players, get more athletes at Calvary Christian and to win a game.

For Crenshaw and Calvary Christian, the results on the field may not be immediate, but they have their sights set on what possibly could be down the road.

“Calvary is establishing a program,” Crenshaw said. “For this program to get established and have something that we can really be proud of, it’s going to take two to three years to get it done.

“Those kids are going to help build this program into one of the best in the area. People won’t see it right now, but it’s going to happen.”