Impact Baseball traveled to Williamston, North Carolina to sit down for the latest "In The Dugout" interview with Hank Tice. In 2010, Williamston and Jamesville High School were consolidated to Riverside-Martin High School located just north of Greenville, N.C. Shortly after the school doors were opened they looked no further than Mr. Hank Tice to lead the newly formed Knights on the diamond.
Name: Hank Tice
Riverside-Martin Head Baseball Coach
Number of years at Riverside-Martin: 3 years
Location: Williamston, N.C.
What should people expect to see out of Riverside-Martin baseball team this spring?
A whole new team basically; we graduated six starters, and nine seniors. Ninety percent of our pitching graduated, so we will have a lot of new faces, but we have a great group of seniors and some pretty good juniors to try and replace the ones that graduated. I think we will struggle early on, but this team can be pretty good in May, hopefully. We expect to start five or six seniors this year, so hopefully they can lead our program as we begin year three of Riverside-Martin baseball.
What has your club been doing to get prepared for the start of the season?
We had a pretty good summer in the CCSSL league, and had 31 players playing a fall sport so we started in December with individual workouts. We will continue to work out each day until February 13, and practice three days before we host our first scrimmage.
What are the strengths of your club this year?
This club has the potential to be pretty good defensively, and will rely on our catcher Matt Wisniewski to lead us. Pitching will be the question mark for this team, which has been the focus of our winter workouts.
You have one of the nicest high school fields in North Carolina, how do you keep this place up?
We are blessed to have a lot of resources, and our former and current Athletic Director has been supportive of allowing us to maintain our field. We mow it six days a week from February to June, and my third base coach's dad edges it every weekend, and does a lot of little things during this time, which is a blessing. My assistant coaches work extremely hard on it as well, and our players take a lot of pride in keeping it in great shape. Players have a duty each day after practice and after games to keep it clean.
You coached football for a number of years, who was the best two way athlete in North Carolina Baseball/Football you have ever seen?
I would say Trimaine Goddard from Roanoke High School. His senior year Florida State University was at our park to watch him pitch, and he went on to Chapel Hill to have a great football career. He was so dangerous on the football field, and was one of the best players in our area on the diamond. He was so athletically gifted and such a competitor in both sports.
Who's the best player you have ever seen in North Carolina High School baseball?
I have been blessed to coach in three state championships in baseball so I do not want to say one particular player. Two names that come to mind are Dustin Ackley at South Stokes and Ralph Roberts at Cherryville are two of the best players I have seen during my time of coaching.
What are your hobbies outside of baseball?
Some of my hobbies outside of baseball are working on our field, playing golf and farming with my dad.
If you could sit down with any coach in the profession, who would it be and why?
Partin will like this... Not baseball related and I can't believe I am saying this but Mike Krzyzewski. I am a diehard Pirate and Heels fan, but his ability to lead is like no other in the world. I would love to talk with him about how to be a leader, the qualities of a leader, and how to develop leaders at a young age. I still like when Duke gets beat, though.
What's your favorite book?
My favorite book is Hard Work On And Off The Court By: Roy Williams.
What's your favorite meal?
Anything at Chili’s
What’s your Super Bowl prediction?
San Francisco 24-21.
Impact Baseball would like to thank Hank Tice for his "In The Dugout" interview. Best of luck this spring to Coach Tice and the Riverside-Martin Knights. Stay tuned for more interviews here from Impact Baseball..