Being able to communicate and motivate players to achieve success is Coach Smith’s goal for EVERY player.
“My coaching system is best defined as relational. I get to know my players, what they like, what they are doing right and what changes need to be made in order to build their confidence and move their game to the next level.” Coach Smith constantly tells his players “if your approach is good then your mechanics will be good.”
In order to get the most from each player’s abilities he does so by teaching the skills and drills aspect of baseball in addition to the mental approach to the game. Coach Smith has a unique style in connecting with the player in order to make baseball make sense…regardless of age level.
Fun facts about Coach Smith:
- Drafted by Oakland A’s out of Roswell High School
- Played Minor League baseball for the A’s, Mets and an Independent team
- Graduate of Kennesaw State University. Degree in Exercise Health Science
- Trained players that play at all levels from youth leagues to Big Leagues
- Former students and current MLB players include Nick Markakis and David Hale
Coach Brandon Smith has been married to his beautiful bride Dori for 18 years and has a Sophomore, David that plays baseball for Allatoona High School and two daughters Annie in 7th grade that plays Volleyball and Mary Claire that enjoys wake boarding. When baseball is not occupying his every thought he is a Special Education teacher for North Cobb High School.
"In many ways I am like most of the students that take this course. I have kids that play baseball and softball. I have coached their teams and have tried to learn new innovative ways to make the baseball and softball experience better for players, coaches and parents.
I have trained players at my facility since 1991. Having worked with so many good players over the years I have had some of my students go on to high school, college, professional and Major League careers.
My childhood dreams of playing professional baseball were realized when I was drafted in the 37th round by the Oakland A’s. After spending two and half seasons in the AZ Rookie league the A’s released me. That summer I played with AIA and toured China and the Philippines…this was a life changing experience traveling, playing and teaching baseball.
When I returned the Mets signed me to a minor league contract. My years with the Mets had me in Pittsfield MA, Binghamton NY and Norfolk VA.
My last season was with the Richmond Roosters of the Frontier League. During the season I sustained a back injury that required surgery. This was my third surgery in my career and I thought it was time to move on to other pursuits in my life. My wife and I married that November and I enrolled at KSU earning my Exercise Health Science degree. "