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Nutt ready to help Ackerman baseball

July 31, 2012

New Ackerman baseball coach Patrick Nutt, left, is shown with his family. (Submitted photo)

Newly hired coaches usually have a philosophy of how to change the sport they are coaching and make it better.

For Patrick Nutt, who was hired as the new Ackerman baseball coach last week, has a philosophy for the entire school and community.

"Whatever I need to do to make Ackerman a better school and a better place, I am willing to do that," Nutt said. "When you come somewhere, you don't just come to coach. You come to the school and to the community so whatever I need to do to make this place better, I'm all for it."

Nutt is replacing Starkville native Brad Mitchell, who took the same position at Eupora last month.

Nutt spent the last eight years as an assistant coach at Warren Central under former Starkville High School player Josh Abraham.

Nutt played two years for the Vikings before he transferred to Morton High School. He then went on to East Central Community College and graduated from Mississippi State.

"I am very excited," Nutt said. "I have been interviewing for the last three years. I am excited about being in Ackerman. I am starting to meet some of the players because I am also helping with football. I am expecting some good things."

Along with being the baseball coach, Nutt will also be an assistant football coach and teach world geography and Mississippi Studies.

Playing with a lot of energy and hustle is something Nutt believes in.

"Relentless aggression," Nutt said was his catchphrase. "I believe in running the bases and putting pressure on the defense. We are going to play the game hard, we are going to dive for balls and in everything we do, we are going to play the game as hard and fast as possible.

"I believe the harder you play the more pressure it puts on the defense."
For anyone who has followed baseball at the high school or college level the last couple of years, they know that the bats have taken a hit.

The sweet spots have shrunk, giving pitchers the upper hand and making the bunt come more into play.

Nutt is going to preach a lot of situational hitting and not just swinging for the fences.

"With these new bats, you can't play for that three-run homer anymore," Nutt said. "You are working for doubles, with one strike now you are a situational hitting and trying to move runners over."

Ackerman won the 2009 Class 2A State Championship, but the last couple of years there has been a drop off. Nutt plans on bringing Ackerman baseball back to state titles.

"I am going to hit the ground running and be working every day," Nutt said. "I am going to show the kids what hard work is. I am not going to be the coach who talks about hard work but really doesn't show it. We are going to be disciplined."

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