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Crabs Q & A: Eric Giacone

Crabs Q & A
By Tracy Mac, Crabs Secretary
ARCATA 2014

#15 Eric Giacone, Coach
Eureka High School Varsity Baseball Coach, Former Crab 
 

How long have you been coaching the Eureka Loggers and what are your hopes for the team moving forward?
I have been coaching EHS for 6 years. The goal each year is win an NCS Championship.

How did the Logger season go and what were some of the team's highlights or standouts?
We went 17-11. We were able to win the programs first playoff game in 12 years and then added a second postseason win round 2.

What do you love most about coaching?
I enjoy the competition the game creates as well as helping kids fulfill their athletic dreams.

What are some of your fondest memories from your Crabs days? Is it weird to put a Crabs jersey on again?
I just remember being surrounded by great talent that made it fun to show up everyday. Not too weird. I've coached since my career ended so I always thought one day I would be a Crab again.

You've gotten a glimpse of the 2014 Crabs pitching staff, how are we looking talent wise? 
The talent on the mound is great. There are a lot of guys ready to get after it. I'm looking forward to watching our guys develop.

Now you'll be coaching college men versus teenage ballplayers, what do you think will be the biggest difference coaching at a higher level?
I think the motivation factor will be the biggest change. With the high school guys there's a lot of time spent motivating compared to just working to get better. With the college guys it is a lot more about managing and pointing them in the right direction. The motivation is already there.

What MLB coach/player would you most like to personify and why?
Derek Jeter. I think his commitment to excellence and ongoing success is unmatched in his trade. I think that hunger for anything is rare and he has had it for a long time and continues even as he reaches an older age. I think any young athlete that can stay that hungry for baseball has the potential for success.

The kids at the Crabs ball park look up to the Crabs as if they were heroes or celebrities? What would you like to impart on the local kids who someday want to become a Crab?
The kids should know that Baseball is a game of repetitions. The more time and effort you put into the game the better your rewards will be. 

What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do in your free time when you're not thinking about baseball?
Drag Racing. If I'm not on the field I can be found at the Samoa Drag strip racing my 1966 Ford Ranchero.