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U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Aaron Webster, the national partnerships action officer with Marine Corps Recruiting Command, speaks to coaches during the American Baseball Coaches Association clinic, on the campus of the University of Maryland - College Park, on Nov. 11, 2023. The Marine Corps National Partnerships ensure the coaches of the next generation of Marines have the resources and skills to accurately present the Marine Corps as an option to their athletes, and support recruiter access to prospective audiences. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Payton Goodrich)

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Hitting All the Bases: MCRC Partners with the ABCA at UMD

22 Nov 2023 | By Lance Cpl. Payton Goodrich Marine Corps Recruiting Command

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – In a partnership that brought the worlds of baseball and the Marine Corps together, Marine Corps Recruiting Command partnered with the American Baseball Coaches Association to host a clinic at the University of Maryland, College Park, on November 11, 2023. The event in the university's sports auditorium saw multiple college and high school coaches gather to share their expertise to help demonstrate how to inspire and coach the next generation of baseball talent.

The coach's clinic featured a lineup of experienced coaches who delivered speeches and demonstrated the innovative drills they use to develop their players' skills. The event brought out a diverse range of coaches, from college-level to high school, all eager to improve their coaching abilities and learn new tricks.

“The U.S. military employs the most sports psychologists in the world. What they do from a peak performance standpoint and what coaches do from a peak performance standpoint is very similar.” Said Ryan Brownlee, the Assistant Executive Director of the ABCA, as he introduced U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Aaron Webster, the national partnerships action officer for Marine Corps Recruiting Command.

Webster delivered a 30-minute speech to the coaches about team building and command climates as he drew upon his experience in both baseball and the military to provide valuable insights to the attending coaches. His speech emphasized how leadership can affect the attitude and effectiveness of a team.

“We are talking to these coaches today because it’s the influencers and the people in these young men and women’s lives that truly make the difference and can get them to explore all their options,” Webster said.

Partnerships like this are created through the Marine Corps National Partnership program, which engages educators and coaches to increase awareness of the Marine Corps and galvanize recognition that the Marine Corps' values align with the partnering organizations' values. These partnerships are initiated, planned, and activated to inspire influencers to provide recruiter access to qualified men and women.

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