TROY — He’s led Troy High School varsity baseball teams to several big wins in the 11 years he’s been head coach, and he’s built the self-esteem of the players with each season. Ty Welker joined Troy Rotarians during their weekly meeting on Feb. 16 to discuss his philosophy of how to turn players on the field into winners in life.
Tradition and commitment are important ingredients in Welker’s recipe for coaching a winning team. Even if the team doesn’t win every game, it’s his belief that the players should display their pride for the uniform, the team and themselves at all times. Welker sets high expectations for each member of the team to achieve and encourages them to be self-aware to achieve ongoing improvement in their skills. While the Troy Junior High School doesn’t currently have a feeder program through the schools, Welker is very involved with the two junior high club teams that serve as his “farm system.”
His philosophy has paid off again and again. The program won GWOC in 2012 and 2014. They were sectional champions in 2013 and 2015. They won districts in 2014. The fierce GWOC and regional competitions have helped prepare the team for tough contests. In 2016, they will travel to Atlanta, Ga., for a spring break tournament and will visit Georgia Tech on the trip. The players have been getting ready for 2016 since the start of preseason training last September. Welker said 25-30 players have been working out in the weight room, conditioning for the season opener against Tipp City on March 19. That will be the first of 15 at-home games Troy will host on the North Market Street fields between March and May. To learn more, visit www.troyhighschoolbaseball.com.
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