Ohio Wesleyan

BishopLeftiesDad has a son who was (maybe still is) at Ohio Wesleyan....I'm sure he'll see this and respond.   A good friend of my son's is going to be a senior....starting infielder.  I don't know him well, so I can't help too much, but I know he's happy there. 

I have talked to the OP over PM.

My son graduated two years ago, but the staff is about the same. Mott is still the Head coach. I liked him and what he does with the program. Coach Frentsos, you could not meet a nicer guy. All the players love him. Having coach Koblentz, leave was tough. He is a real baseball guy. He has a long history of baseball in this area and in the US. 

Mott is well connected in the summer circuit. There are OWU players in the Great Lakes and Prospect league. My son played in the Valley league as well. They tried very hard to get him in the Coastal Plains league, but it never worked out. 

If you are a hard worker and have talent, The staff will work very hard for you. 

I shared this many times on this board before, but for the newbies I will share again.

One of the last recruiting discussion Coach Mott had with my son, I heard while I was packing up the car after visiting one of there fall games and banquets. 

He pulled my son aside, and had this to say:

"You have to understand, I think you are a very good ball player, And it is my job to get you to like my team and get you to come to this college. And part of doing that is to be a nice guy, and be a buddy. However, if you come hear understand, I have to win games and I will be hard on you. It will be tough. But once you get here it is my job to make sure yo are the best you can be, on the field and off. There is a lot of work being a student athlete at OWU and any other college. Be prepared, I will may not be the same guy who is recruiting you. " (this is the gist of the conversation, I am getting old and do not remember it verbatim.)

All through my sons recruiting journey, once it was clear he would not end up at a D1, we thought he would end up at Wabash. He ended up choosing OWU at the end of May his senior year. We have talked about it many times over the year, And he has never regretted his choice. 

If he had to do it over, he would still choose OWU. I think there would only be one school that would make him change his mind. 

I hope this helps. 

My son graduated from OWU in 2016 & was a 4yr starter on the baseball team. He was fortunate to play 3 years with BLD's son. I have to agree with BLD about Coach Mott & the rest of the OWU staff, if you are willing to WORK HARD they will do all they can to make you a better person as well as a better player. That being said my son's experience was not a smooth one. His freshman year was almost his last at OWU. He had a hard time understanding why Coach Mott would chew him out over little mistakes but would let other players slide for more serious miscues. At the time he didn't realize that Coach saw that my son could be a very good player & was trying to push him to be his best. At the end of that first year my son said he was not going back to OWU & was willing to go elsewhere even if it meant not playing baseball. He had been accepted at a D1 school & was going to try to walk -on the baseball team. Fortunately he changed his mind at the very last minute & returned to OWU. I relay the above to point out that college can be a roller coaster for both you & your son. My son went on to a much better understanding of Coach Mott & they developed a good relationship the rest of his career. Coach even ask son to come back as an unpaid asst. To sum up OWU will provide a very good education for your son as well as a very good baseball experience.

gratefuldad posted:

My son graduated from OWU in 2016 & was a 4yr starter on the baseball team. He was fortunate to play 3 years with BLD's son. I have to agree with BLD about Coach Mott & the rest of the OWU staff, if you are willing to WORK HARD they will do all they can to make you a better person as well as a better player. That being said my son's experience was not a smooth one. His freshman year was almost his last at OWU. He had a hard time understanding why Coach Mott would chew him out over little mistakes but would let other players slide for more serious miscues. At the time he didn't realize that Coach saw that my son could be a very good player & was trying to push him to be his best. At the end of that first year my son said he was not going back to OWU & was willing to go elsewhere even if it meant not playing baseball. He had been accepted at a D1 school & was going to try to walk -on the baseball team. Fortunately he changed his mind at the very last minute & returned to OWU. I relay the above to point out that college can be a roller coaster for both you & your son. My son went on to a much better understanding of Coach Mott & they developed a good relationship the rest of his career. Coach even ask son to come back as an unpaid asst. To sum up OWU will provide a very good education for your son as well as a very good baseball experience.

I am very happy he came back. As a parent I really enjoyed my son's time at OWU. 

Freshman get a real opportunity there. Like GratefulDad, my son was a four year starter. Some of that was luck, some of it was skill, and an awful lot of it was hard work. 

I can point out several other examples, as well. There are also players who have to wait there turn and do not play a lot, until sophomore or junior year. But I believe all have an opportunity, once they step on campus.

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