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Fastpitch Coach: Q&A

Tom Luckett, Head Coach, Fairfax Firebirds, Fairfax, Virginia.

Number of years in this position: Beginning fourth.

Overall won-lost record at present position: 165-34-3

Previous Softball Head or assistant softball coaching positions: Head Coach, T.C. Williams High School. Fifteen years of high school coaching.

Other accomplishments: High School District and State Tournaments, NSA State, PONY Regionals.

Undergraduate Alma Mater and year graduated: Old Dominion University, 1971.

Graduate Alma Mater: Virginia Tech, Vocational Education, 1976.

Softball playing career highlights: Played 20 years of ASA softball.

Q: When did you know you wanted to coach fastpitch softball and how did you get started?

TL: Recruited by high school athletic director.

Q: Who are some of the coaches and non-coaches you learned the most from and what did you learn?

TL: From Herb Holt, I learned to slowly walk out to discuss calls with umpires.

Q: What do you think you do best as a coach?

TL: Motivate.

Q: What changes, if any, would you like to see adopted by the various national travel ball governing bodies?

TL Use of "EH" (extra hitter) to expand the number of players who get to hit.

Q: What makes for a successful season?

TL: One in which every player learned, improved and had a great time.

Q: What do you think was the best coaching job you ever did?

TL: Winning 18 games and the district title in 1989.

Q: What was your greatest moment as a coach?

TL: When my first high school player signed a National Letter of Intent.

Q: What was your worst moment as a coach?

TL: Calling for a change-up that resulted in a game-winning home run.

Q: How has the game changed since you first became involved?

TL: The talent is better now at 12U than it used to be. Players are better and there are more of them.

Q: What's your take on the bat and ball issue? Are the balls or bats at fault, or both, or neither? Is there a problem? If so, what would you like to see done?

TL: Let 'em play!

Q: What do you love most about coaching?

TL: Kids.

Q: What to you love least about coaching?

TL: Parents.

Q: Please complete this sentence: My coaching career has been successful if the majority of my players...

TL: Had fun.

Q: Which is the best team you've ever coached against?

TL: Madison High School, 1989. Seasoned, skilled players, one through nine.

Q: If you could go anywhere in the world for a week, all expenses paid, where would you go?

TL: Australia.

Q: What haven't you done yet in your life that you'd still like to do?

TL: Own a beach cottage.

Q: What advice would you give to young people who want to coach softball?

TL: Teach, be patient, teach, motivate, teach, win.

Q: If you weren't coaching softball, what would you be doing?

TL: Something sports-related.

Q: What is your favorite movie?

TL: One Flew Over The Cuckoo*s Next.

Q: Who is your favorite movie star?

TL: Edward G. Robinson.

Q: What is your favorite television show?

TL: NYPD Blue.

Q: What is your favorite song?

TL: German Chocolate Cake.

Q: Your favorite book?

TL: Fields of Friendly Strife.

Q: When "The One Great Scorer comes to write against your name", what would you like to see written there?

TL: "He knew where to draw the lines."