The inaugural inagural interview of 123 Inning College Baseball Podcast is with North Greenville head coach, Landon Powell. Powell has turned about the one time cupcake Crusader club into one of DII’s top teams as they’ve won over 90 games over the past two seasons and spent much of 2019 as the top ranked team.
Prior to being a coach Powell was a standout college player himself, recieving All American status at South Carolina as helped the Gamecocks reach Omaha and the College World Series three times. He was drafted in the first round by Oakland and spent three seasons in the MLB with the Athletics.
However what makes him such an interesting and enlightening interview goes well beyond anything he has accomplished in the dugout or on the diamond. His once promising professional career was derailed as he battled chronic injury and a liver disease. As he was attempting a comeback in the New York Mets organization, his five month old daughter Izzy died from a rare autoimmune disease. Despite the setbacks his character and faith have persevered and he has transformed the obstacles and setbacks he has faced into a driving force which makes him a highly respected coach and mentor to the next generation of ballplayers.