EP.21 Dean Ehehalt (Monmouth U.) on Creating an Edge with Team Offense
On this episode, Dean Ehehalt defines the keys to implementing an offensive system and team playbook. Dean shares his programs offensive goals, his thoughts on having a good approach or plan at the plate, and the importance creating your offense with every practice and pregame drill. In addition, he discusses the importance of clarity through goal setting and being task oriented with your players.
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Dean Ehehalt is in his 23rd season as Head Coach of the Monmouth University Hawks. In March of 2015, Dean earned his 600th career victory, and has compiled 618 career wins in total, making him the All-Time winningest coach in Monmouth Division I history.
Coach Ehehalt is a three-time recipient of the NEC Coach of the Year, and a eight-time honoree of the NJCBA Coach of the Year.
Since 1996, he has guided the Hawks to 18 Conference Tournament appearances, including 11 Conference Championship games, and 4 NEC titles and NCAA Regional appearances.
Under Ehehalt’s direction, the Hawks have amassed 21 consecutive 20-win seasons and eight 30-win seasons, while appearing in 71 postseason games.
In addition to the team success, individual players have gone on to flourish. Brad Broach made his major league debut in 2011, and was named a 2016 American League All Star. In addition, 2011, Ryan Buch and Brett Brach, Brad’s younger brother, were selected in the 8th and 10th rounds respectively. Also, in 2012, the Red Sox selected Pat Light in the first round of the Ametur Draft.
In total, more than a dozen players have come out of Coach Ehehalt’s program and gone on to play professionally.
In addition, Monmouth has had five conference players of the year, five conference pitchers of the year, 8 conference rookies of the year, and 15 receive various All-American honors.
Prior to MU, Ehehalt spent two seasons at Upsala College as the head coach, and had assistant coaching stops at Kennesaw State, Princeton University, and his alma mater, East Carolina, where he earned a B.S. in physical education, and in 1990, he earned his second degree from the school, receiving a master’s degree in education.
As a player at East Carolina, Ehehalt was named to the 1987 CAA Scholar-Athlete team, and in his senior season, the Pirates won the league tournament championship.
Prior to his arrival at ECU, Ehehalt played two years at Brookdale Community College, where he was named a Junior College First-team All-Region player.
Ehehalt has also served on several committees throughout his career, including the NCAA Regional Baseball Advisory Committee and he was named the National Chair of the ABCA All-America Committee in 2007.