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In The Dugout: Justin Hill
Written by Trey Daly


Impact Baseball traveled to Currituck, North Carolina this morning for this edition of "In The Dugout" with Coach Justin Hill. Currituck High School has made some noise in North Carolina High School baseball over the last couple of years under Hill. Coach Hill is very excited to get his 2013 Knight's on the field and ready to get this season rolling.

Name:
Justin Hill
Currituck High School Head Baseball Coach
Years at Currituck:
 5 Years
Location: Currituck, North Carolina
Classification: 3A

The last three years Currituck High School has had some solid clubs, which have gone on to the second and third round of the 3A baseball playoffs. What is your secret to success?

I don’t know that I have any secrets, we just preach hard work. I try to maximize all my time with the athletes. That comes from alot of planning and alot of team discipline. We have high expectation every year and our guys know that coming in.
 
What are your expectations for this season?

I don't want to call this a rebuilding year but we do face challenges with only four returning starters from last year. We will have alot of guys in the lineup with no varsity experience. That being said I am still optimistic that we can be successful.

What's the varsity roster looking like in terms of seniors, juniors, etc.?

I anticipate having only three seniors, we have a pretty solid junior class that will need to step up big.

What have your players been doing this off-season to get ready for another season of Knights baseball?

We have been doing a combination of field work and weight room activities in the offseason. We try to do explosive baseball specific workouts in the weight room combined with the normal routine of bullpen, hitting, and fielding sessions on the field.
 
Like I said earlier, you have had some solid clubs. Every year you seem to just reload after losing some guys that have gone on to play college baseball. Your junior varsity must be having alot of success as well. What's your message to the young guys that come into your program?

I talk alot about tradition with our guys; they understand that the guys before them have been successful and that the expectations here are high. We have had good participation in preseason workouts from our young guys as well.

What's the strength of this year Currituck baseball team?

Our strength this year will be at the top of our pitching rotation. We have a junior who is going to be something special for the next two years. We also have a senior who will also see alot of time on the mound, which we are expecting big things from.

What's the most memorable game you have had while coaching at Currituck?

First Flight is always a big rival conference game for us.  They have a very good program and anytime you can beat them it’s a big win. Any playoff win you can get is memorable as well; I have yet to play an easy one in any round of the 3A State Playoffs.
 
Who's the best player you ever coached?

I have been fortunate to have some good players come through. I think the overall best may end up being a current junior on this team Evan Voliva. He can play every position on the field at a high level, he is going to make some noise over the next two years.

What's a typical game day like for you?

A typical game day for me comes with alot of preparation and anxiousness, as soon as I wake up I’m ready to get on the field. Game time can never get here fast enough and I probably get very little sleep the night before.

What's your favorite hitting drill for your players?

I don’t have a favorite drill, but I prefer doing as much live arm work as I can possible get in. I’m always looking for former players to come in and give us a live look in BP.

Who's the best player you have seen in North Carolina High School baseball?

One of the top players in recent years that comes to mind is Alex White. I never even saw him pitch until he was at Carolina. I saw him making plays at shortstop and swinging the bat in high school. He was a special player all around on the diamond.

What's your type of player?

Simple: Team oriented hard worker.

What are your hobbies outside of baseball?

I like all sports; I coached football at the school for eight years. I enjoy playing softball, but my knees are shot. I try to duck hunt as much as I can in the offseason

What's your favorite music?

Country

What's your favorite fast food restaurant?

Chic-Fila

Who's your favorite college basketball team?

Tarheels!!

Who's your favorite MLB Manager?

Don’t have one since Bobby Cox stepped down.

Who's your favorite MLB team?

Atlanta Braves

We would like to thank Coach Hill for his "In The Dugout" interview here at Impact Baseball. We wish him and the Knights the best of luck this season.

Stay tuned for two more "homerun" interviews later today here from Impact Baseball..