The purpose of The Dog Pile Blog is to inform our nation of #RollTr1beBaseball fans (also known as the Bountiful High School Braves Baseball Team) about our intent to create and maintain a "Culture of Excellence". My name is Clark Stringfellow but most people, (probably 99% of mankind) call me "Coach Boog". I'll explain the reasoning behind my nickname on a later post. I am a teacher and coach. I teach at Bountiful High School, located in Bountiful, Utah. We are known as the "Home of the Braves" and our school motto is "A Commitment to Excellence...Working Together to Make it Happen". This school year marks my 24th as a teacher and my 22nd as the Head Baseball Coach. I also get to serve as the Business Department Chair, the Athletic Director, and I get to risk my life every day after school while teaching Drivers Education. I also had the privilege of coaching football for 20 years with one of my 3 greatest mentors in life, Larry Wall. The other two, have passed on and I miss them every day but I will never forget their friend/mentor-ship that has literally change my life. Rest in Peace, Occie Evans and Phil Olsen.
I do the Drivers Education to pay the bills, I work as Athletic Director mainly so no one else can screw it up, I teach because its my job and eventually I can get a pension and I do get pretty good insurance benefits, but I coach because I LOVE doing it. In the last 5 years or so I have been fascinated by several "methods to the madness" in coaching and teaching which has led me to read up and study things like 1) growth mindset, 2) the process, and 3) team culture. I have three loves in life: 1) My relationship with my Heavenly Father, 2) My Family, and 3) Coaching Baseball.
#CultureWins is something that drives our passion every day. I believe that the Positive Culture of my team will dictate the expertise of skill level and the outcome. I want my players to have a growth mindset that promotes constant and continuous improvement and when they focus on the process, which is the "difference" between the beginning and the end of a routine, the outcome takes care of itself. Our culture is solidified by three steps built into the foundation of this program that requires each team member to have a "commitment", show "accountability", and maintain "ownership" in the program. These steps that make up the foundation of our program are built in the offseason and eventually hold up our three core values which drives us during the season, Culture, Process, and Strategy. When our Culture is aligned with the Process, then our Strategy will help us COMPETE to win. The outcome of all this doesn't matter and we don't pay much attention to it because it will take care of itself when we focus on the process.
So why call this blog "The Dog Pile Blog". In 2014, we had an incredible group of young men who showed commitment, accountability, and ownership in the program. About mid-season I gave each one of them a picture that I had made showing that at the end of a baseball season only one team's journey will end with "The Dog Pile". Our focus changed and our mindset was on being in the dogpile. I believe it changed their way of thinking about success. (See Below)
We were no longer obsessed with trying to win a State Championship, but instead, we were focused on being in the "Dog Pile". We also won 19 games in a row, sweeping region and winning 2 of 3 in the prestigious Anaheim Lions Baseball Tournament, onto the 4A State Championship. The Dog Pile only happens if we take care of our daily routine, trust it, love each other, and let the process take care of itself. - RollTr1be