LL Baseball: Hollinger happy for coaching opportunity at LMS – LancasterOnline
Being a baseball coach is nothing new for Eric Hollinger.
Being a head varsity coach is.
Hollinger was recently put in charge of Lancaster Mennoniteâs program, succeeding Steve Robinson. He took time to give LNP his thoughts on this new opportunity.
âThe opportunity to pair my faith in God and baseball together at LMS is something that words cannot explain,â Hollinger said. âI look forward to the opportunity this job brings to work with the baseball program at LMS and build off the foundation that Coach Robinson has built the past several years.â
Hollinger joined the Blazers this past spring as a volunteer assistant. He had high praise for his predecessor.
âI want to thank Coach Robinson for the time, effort and commitment he has given to the baseball program at LMS during his coaching tenure,â Hollinger said. âThe foundation to build on is evident.Â Coach Robinson had a hand in it and the players enjoyed playing for him.â
Hollinger grew up in Lancaster County and began playing baseball in the Conestoga Valley Little League. He played middle school baseball at Locust Grove Middle School, which he pointed out, is now a campus of LMS. He played high school baseball at Conestoga Valley from 2002-006 and then played his freshman and junior years at Lancaster Bible College.
During Hollingerâs time with the team LBC made it to the NCCAA championships held in Florida his freshman year in 2007 and in Ohio in his junior season in 2009.
Hollinger returned to CV in the spring of 2011 as an assistant varsity baseball coach and was named head JV coach in 2012.Â Due to his Health/PE teaching and Athletic duties at Hershey Christian School – now the Hershey Campus of LMS â he went back to a volunteer assistant the next two years for the Buckskins under coach Mike Royer.
âI learned a lot about baseball and coaching from Coach Royer over the last several years during the spring school seasons and coaching the Legion team with him several summers,â said Hollinger.
He believes his background has helped prepare him for the task of turning around a team that this spring finished 3-13 in L-L Section Four and 3-17 overall.
âThis past year we graduated some key players from the team,â he said. âHowever, on that note, we are loaded with young talent.Â For most of the 2015 season we started several freshman on a varsity team along with many underclassmen.
âThis year we will be young again but have several upperclassmen who are ready to lead and push the team to the next level.â
HollingerÂ said his coaching philosophy is to âget back to the basicsâ and be fundamentally sound.
âIt starts with the little things,â he stated. âWe return a lot of pitching strength, which is key in high school baseball.Â Â We need to improve from the 2015 season and that will start with hitting the weight room and getting in the batting cages to work on swings
âI hope to put this program in the best position possible to compete and be competitive day in and day out.â
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