On this week’s episode of Ops Nation, we’re steering back into baseball operations, which is kind of what got this whole thing started. It’s interesting to look at how operations is staffed in collegiate baseball, with three fairly clear divisions: young coaches looking to get their foot in the door, veteran coaches in the second (or third) chapter of their careers, and people who have chosen operations as their desired field. Al Woods is in year twelve at the University of Memphis baseball program. He’s a guy who probably qualifies in the first two categories and a bit of the third. Coming off stints in both the private sector and coaching, he’s become one of the most respected people in collegiate baseball operations.
In this episode Al talks about working in private business, coaching in the collegiate ranks, coming to Memphis with a willingness to jump in where needed, how things operated prior to and after Al’s arrival at Memphis, and his work as Nike equipment liaison for many sports at Memphis. And pay attention to this little tidbit at the end of the interview: Al talks about utilizing the Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives website to find some places to eat that aren’t your normal fast food stops and TGI Friday clones. AND (always thinking like a good ops person) he calls ahead to endure that the restaurant can handle a busload of people all at one time. Great thinking, Al!
Some of Al’s regular duties at Memphis:
- contracts (equipment, game, travel)
- booster club
Al’s recommended apps and websites:
- Teamworks – operations platform for athletic teams and organizations.
- Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives – Get out of your fast food rut with the official Food Network site for Triple D. This site lists all the places that Guy Fieri has visited.
Al’s resource recommendation:
- The Carpenter – book by Jon Gordon
photo credit: Joe Murphy
Intro Music: Surf Shimmy Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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