baseball coach foreword by Ray Tanner

Note: Ray Tanner was NOT paid to write his foreword.


first crossed paths with Trent Mongero when I watched him in pre-game as the

UNC-Wilmington Seahawks were about to play my N.C. State Wolfpack in the spring

of 1989. I knew immediately we would have our hands full as I watched him

prepare for the game. Trent

possessed outstanding talent, but his intensity, precision, and hustle set him

apart from the other players on the field. My immediate thought was that I would

be an outstanding coach and a winner if I had twenty-five Trent Mongeros!

Coach Mongero’s playing days gave

me a lasting impression of him as a person. When I learned years ago that he

was coaching in high school, I knew that he would be very successful winning

games and developing young players. But, most importantly, I knew that he would

be a great influence in helping young people grow, mature, and become

productive members of society. On

the field and off the field, Trent

knows and teaches all the “right stuff!”

I am greatly impressed but not

surprised that Coach Mongero has put together the Winning Baseball

instructional series. These books and video downloads are the very best baseball skills and

drills manuals that I have ever seen. I

have been part of the college game for nearly thirty years. I have learned a

lot about the game from a number of people, but I would have had a faster start

in the coaching profession if Coach Mongero’s books were printed three decades


A lot of coaches are passionate

about the game of baseball and volunteer their time for the youth of America.

In many cases, they do the best they can when it comes to coaching, but they may

not be knowledgeable enough to teach the mechanics of the game. If I were a

recreation director, administrator of amateur baseball, or a high school coach,

I would make his two books/DVDs a required reading. They are perfect

teaching guides for anyone wanting to develop fundamentally sound baseball


There are numerous teaching tools

available on the market. For a fee, you can get almost anything. But I can

assure you that you will not find another series of books/videos as good and as reasonably

priced as the Winning Baseball series. The quality of his books is second to

none, and the sweat and integrity that went into this series is unsurpassed.

Readers are going to elevate their

baseball experience as a result of soak­ing in all this important information.

In a sport where a ball sailing over the fence gets more attention than great

base running, spectacular defense, or even a pitching gem, Trent Mongero has

truly “got all of it and hit a homerun.”

Coach Ray TannerHead Baseball CoachUniversity of South Carolina

A few of Coach Tanner’s many

accomplishments include:2010 and 2011 Division One National

Champions—University of South CarolinaThree consecutive appearances in

the College World SeriesHead Coach of the USA

Baseball Collegiate National TeamAssistant Coach with the U.S.

Olympic Baseball Team