March’s Coach of the Month—Frank Thomson

Dr. Frank Thomson is new to Norfolk Collegiate but he isn’t new to the game of baseball. His love for the sport began as a Little League T-ball player and continued to grow throughout adulthood. Thomson hopes to prepare students to carry that same passion for baseball and his 10 years of coach experience is sure to stir that gift. This is why he is Collegiate’s March Coach of the Month.  

What was your reaction when you were told you were the Coach of the Month for March?

I was both surprised and grateful.  As a new faculty member, I am still learning the ropes, both in the classroom and on the field and court.  This winter was my first experience coaching basketball beyond the recreational level.  Admittedly, it was a challenge at times, albeit one that was very rewarding in the end.  I am more comfortable heading into the baseball season, especially with the tremendous support I have enjoyed from parents, administration and other coaches. Most importantly, I hope this selection means that my kids had and will continue to have a wonderful athletic experience that will encourage them to stay active and compete.

As a new teacher at Collegiate, how did you come to coach baseball?

I have 10 years of coaching experience at the recreational, travel and tournament levels that hopefully has prepared me.  I was first introduced to Collegiate through a fellow parent, and Collegiate staff member, on my son’s travel baseball team.  I came on as a science instructor in 2015 with the hope of being involved with the baseball program.  When the opportunity arose, I immediately made my interest known.

How has your playing experience prepared you for coaching?

I have been playing baseball since I was T-ball age, and I have continued to play softball as an adult.  There is no substitute to being around the game.  I have been exposed to some great baseball minds and have used these opportunities to become a student of the game.

What are some of your goals for the team this year?

My primary goal is to prepare these players for baseball at the varsity level.  I am very fortunate to work with coaches that view our program as a family instead of separate divisions.  As such, we often work together across divisions at practices.  I want my players to be able to transition seamlessly into the varsity environment, both mentally and physically.  This requires intense practices and extensive focus on rules, signs and other aspects of the game.   However, at the end of the season I want all players to have the fundamental physical skills and knowledge to enjoy the game, whether they continue to varsity or not.

If you could offer a piece of advice to your team, what would it be?

Learn to love and appreciate the game.  Even if you don’t continue to play the game, baseball can be a lifelong passion.  If you truly understand the game, baseball is like a combination of sport and theater in which an infinite series of subplots play out during the course of the game.  This is the side of the game that I want a new generation of kids to appreciate.

When not coaching baseball, what do you do?

Coach more baseball.  I often leave school practice to coach my little league team and help with our Sunday team.  I just stepped back as president of our local little league, but I am still heavily involved as vice president.  I also like to travel, although that often involves baseball as well.  I have currently been to 13 major league ballparks and over 30 minor league parks, with the long-term goal of visiting them all.  Outside of baseball, I love the outdoors, including camping, hiking and fishing.