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