The latest guest on The Base Path Podcast is a prominent name in New England college baseball circles – current Dayton University head coach Jayson King. The D1 coach made his name in New England as a longtime coach at Franklin Pierce, where he led the team to seven trips to the NCAA D2 College World Series.
In five years at Dayton, King has led Dayton to two Atlantic 10 championship games. King has significantly expanded the recruiting footprint of Dayton by bringing in players from all over the country, including the New England region where he started his coaching career.
“I’ve always recruited the guys from the Northeast, so I think I speak their language and they speak mine a lot of times, which is very helpful,” King said. “I’m not afraid to get a guy that needs some development. I think in Division 1, some guys can be consumed with trying to get players that are already fully developed.
“But I’ve always been willing to take a guy that I think has potential. We work hard with them to make them better. If it comes down to a player from the Northeast and somewhere else and they’re close, I’m always gonna side with a guy from the Northeast.”