Young coaches lead a successful season
     2014-07-24      By Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski    kaitlynk@geringcitizen.com
Photo courtesy of Brenda Fulk - Head coach Patrick O’Boyle, right, and his assistant coach Grant Rimington coach the Gering B&C Steel Junior Legion team side by side during one of their many tournaments this season. This was O’Boyle’s third year with the team while it was Rimington’s second. 
The community watched as the Gering B&C Steel Junior Legion Baseball team racked up a very successful season and, although they came up a little short in the end, looking back the juniors had nothing to be disappointed about. However, behind every successful team are the coaches that helped push them there and with the young caliber that the juniors had, the two coaches became huge role models for the team.

Head coach Patrick O’Boyle had been with the team for three years overall and was on his second year as the head coach. A soon-to-be college graduate with a math education major, O’Boyle will be student teaching in the spring and has a future goal of being able to teach math as well as be a football/baseball coach for a high school somewhere. His passion for both the game and coaching led him to the job here and he couldn’t be happier to have spent the past three years with the junior team so far.

“Coaching this team has been such a humbling experience for me. It is so rewarding to see the kids grow not only in the game but off the field as citizens in this community too,” O’Boyle said.

When sharing his knowledge of the game with the kids, he also poured his passion into it as well.

“My passion for baseball started when I was really little so I feel like I have always loved the game. The sport was my first love and it has been great for me to stay involved with it,” O’Boyle said.

That passion helped O’Boyle in his coaching and, with his experience in baseball, he was able to let the kids know what approach he thought was best in order to lead them to success.

“There wasn’t any particular advice that I gave the boys throughout the season but I just wanted everyone to work on the little things because the little things are what turn into the big things. They worked hard and did what we needed them to do,” O’Boyle said.

Although O’Boyle wasn’t on his own during the season. He had assistant coach Grant Rimington right by his side and together they were able to coach the junior team to their successful season. Rimington is currently working on a degree at University of Nebraska at Kearney where he hopes to prepare himself to become a strength and conditioning coach somewhere in the future. Rimington has a passion for baseball too and played for both Gering as well as WNCC for two years.

“It really all started in the front yard with my brother. That’s where the passion came from. Then all of the great coaches I had previously made that passion continue to grow for me. I really wanted the kids to show the same passion that I have for the game both on and off the field,” Rimington said.

With two years of coaching now under his belt, Rimington is very thankful for the experience.

“The coaching experience has been great for me and I’ve learned many things about myself. It’s amazing to be able to watch the kids grow in how they carry themselves and become better people which is so rewarding. They are a great group of guys and are really there for each other. They worked hard and really strived to be perfect which was great to see,” Rimington said.

All of the work paid off in one way or another and both coaches were pleased with the results from the boys by the end of their hard fought season.

“The team performed very well this year and although we came up a little shorter than where we wanted to be, the team really set the bar high for next year,” O’Boyle said.

O’Boyle and Rimington are both very proud of the team they have coached this year and know the team members will go on to do great things.

“I just want to say thank you to the entire team for working unbelievably hard for us and being accountable. It meant a lot and it was great to watch them grow as athletes,” Rimington said.

Both coaches not only were able to have an amazing experience with teaching what they know about the game to the kids, but also learning from them at the same time.

“Both myself and my assistant coach, Grant, definitely learned the art of patience while coaching together. I just believe that coaching in general is such a rewarding experience overall,” O’Boyle said.

With everyone working so well together, O’Boyle could easily see the value in that as well as the value in having a great coaching partner.

“I really have to give a big shout out to Grant in order to thank him for everything that he does. He put in so much time and effort into coaching and sharing his knowledge of the game to these kids who definitely see him as a role model. I just can’t thank him enough,” O’Boyle said.

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