FAIRFIELD — Mo Terrell is up for the challenge.
Terrell, recently named the new varsity baseball coach at Armijo High, inherits a program that went 3-23 last season, but that didn’t deter him from stepping up to the plate.
“I’ve been a coaching a while,” Terrell said. “About a year ago, I got to a point in my career where I wanted to give back at the high school level. I was an assistant at Rodriguez last year with the JV team. When the Armijo job came open, I thought it was an excellent opportunity.”
An opportunity that will test Terrell at the varsity level. The Indians won just one Monticello Empire League game in 2013, went 0-10 on their home field and were outscored 181-90 in 23 games, according to maxpreps.com.
Armijo’s new leader isn’t unfamiliar with baseball. In fact, he’s got a ton of experience all the way from the Little League level, to coaching in the FEBA Expos organization and even managing an adult team.
“My previous coaching was at the Little League level and adults,” the coach said. “I ran my own baseball team in a men’s league for about 10 years or so. I just like working with people.
“Baseball is baseball. Having the opportunity to coach players at the high school level (with FEBA) prepared me. It was about watching the structure of the FEBA program and the experience at Rodriguez.”
FEBA Expos manager Brad Hanson says taking over the Indians’ program is the perfect thing for Terrell.
“He’s a great coach, one of best we ever had,” Hanson said. “He’s very structured, very disciplined and gets along great with kids. He’s a first-class act.
“First and foremost, he’ll get the best out of the kids there. He makes kids want to play baseball. The players respect him. He’s going in with a tremendous amount of respect.”
Hanson noted in a press release that Terrell has been successful at all levels he has coached with FEBA, most recently leading their FEBA Lions to the championship game in District 5, and previously winning back-to-back championships with the FEBA Eagles.
“Mo has an extremely high baseball acumen, is a hard worker and great teacher,” Hanson continued. “Mo gets the most out of his players, all while maintaining the stellar reputation as a superior role model for those he coaches. (He’s) the right man, in the right job, at the right time. . . . This is a big win for the Armijo varsity baseball team.”
Terrell has already gone over in his mind what his plans are when the season rolls around.
“My initial things are to put in the hard work,” he said. “I’m a firm believer in hard work. If you put the time in, you will be rewarded. If you don’t, you won’t. I pay attention to details. I can promise you we will play hard and be a fundamentally sound team. If we do those things we’ll get our share of wins.”
Even though it may be an uphill battle, Terrell isn’t going to shy away from the challenge.
“Obviously, winning one league game and three overall, the only place to go is up,” he said. “I’ve looked at the roster and I know a lot of the kids and I’m comfortable with the kids that are returning, and the ones coming up from the JV.
“I think it can get turned around fairly quickly. I won’t make promises with wins and losses, but we will be competitive and I truly believe that. We want to play good baseball every day and that will give you a chance to win games.”
That’s pretty much all you can ask for from your team’s new leader.
Reach Brian Arnold at 427-6969 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/barnolddr.