Todd Sangid, who was officially announced as Volunteer's new head baseball coach Tuesday morning, fields questions from the area media. Photo by Ned Jilton.
CHURCH HILL — Todd Sangid knows exactly what kind of high school baseball program he intends to build.
As of today, where he intends to build it is no longer a secret.
The 29-year-old Sangid was officially announced as Volunteer's new varsity baseball coach during an open gathering in the school's Little Theatre on Tuesday.
"I've played and I've coached in this conference. I know the commitment it takes to win," he said, addressing the returning players in the audience.
"It's tough. Understand? It is very difficult. You have to buy into my system," said Sangid, who takes the reins of the program from Daris Green.
Jim Whalen, the Falcons' athletic director, has bought into Sangid's vision for baseball at the Hawkins County high school.
"In a scheduling meeting yesterday, one of our conference coaches said, 'Volunteer is getting ready to be really good in baseball,' That's just because of our hire," Whalen said.
"He was aggressively going after this job ... and that might be an understatement. He's a competitor. He really wants to win," he said.
In high school, Sangid was a two-time all-conference baseball player at Science Hill. He moved on to pitch at Division I Liberty University, ultimately wrapping up his college playing career at Milligan.
The new Falcons skipper has spent the last five seasons as a varsity assistant and junior varsity coach under Rob Hoover at Daniel Boone.
Sangid compiled a 38-12 record commanding the Trailblazers' JV squad. He credited the mentorship of Hoover and the veteran 'Blazers staff for his rapid maturation.
"I've been like a sponge, listening to what those guys have to say about the game. I learned more from them the last five years than I learned over 15 years as a player," he said.
Acutely aware of the traditionally strong baseball programs at Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett, Sangid gained additional inspiration watching Hoover steadily push Boone toward the upper reaches of Big 7 baseball.
"We're going to stress the little things. We're going to be a 'little things' coach. We're going to get our leads correct. We're going to make routine plays. We're going to hit cutoff men," Sangid said.
"We want to be consistent. If we do the fundamental things we can win a few games we're expected to win and slip in and win a few we're not. Those are building blocks.
"We want to win consecutively ... consistently. D-B and Science Hill do it year in and year out and Boone is starting to be that way. Consistently, they win 20-plus games," he said.
While Sangid didn't claim the Falcons would be gunning for 20 next spring, there was nothing said to indicate that his bar will be set particularly low.
Whalen, for one, doesn't expect overnight success. But he is confident that success will arrive under Sangid's guidance in the not-too-distant future.
"We're going to do things the way coach wants them done. There is going to be more structure ... more discipline," Whalen said.
"This train is going to go. If people don't buy into it, this train is going to leave them. It's going to keep moving. We have a plan to get somewhere," the Volunteer AD said.
Sangid is Whalen's second major sports hire for the 2014-15 season. Earlier this spring, he promoted Greg Barnett to take over as Volunteer's head boys basketball coach, a post vacated when Chris Brown left to take the same job at Boone.
Green, who stepped down this past spring after leading the Falcons to a 9-22 finish, led the Church Hill program for five seasons. Whalen credited Green with significant improvements to the school's baseball facilities, including a new backstop, scorers building and scoreboard.comments powered by Disqus