Apalachee High School officials are hoping their new baseball coach’s youthful enthusiastic approach will pay dividends for the program.
Clint Harrison, 26, was officially hired last week and is now in the process of making the transition to being a first-time head coach. Harrison, 26, coached at Union Grove High School this past spring. He previously was an assistant at Southern Poly in Marietta until the school discontinued its baseball program.
Before coaching at Southern Poly, Harrison was an assistant at Shorter University.
The AHS job was attractive to Harrison for several reasons.
“First and foremost is my relationship with (athletic director) Coach (Ralph) Neely,” Harrison said. “He worked well with my family in the past. Barrow County also seems like a good area with good baseball potential. It seems like a situation with a lot of upside.”
The new coach met with some players and parents the day after he was hired, but he was still in the process of introducing himself to everyone late last week.
Harrison said the coaching staff won’t have a tremendous amount of changes. Matt Allen, who is the new softball coach at AHS, will work with the baseball program.
While not completely familiar with Region 8-AAAAA first-hand, Harrison said he knows about the types of teams and players who are in it.
“It is a very strong region that will present a tough challenge,” the new coach said. “I believe it’s something I’m up for.”
In terms of coaching philosophy, Harrison said he will work to the strengths of the players.
“Generally speaking, pitching and defense are key to winning at every level,” Harrison said. “If we are a better hitting team, then we may not have to be as active on the bases. It really depends on what type of players you have.”