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HS Baseball: Great Oak welcomes new head coach


Last updated 10/20/2017 at Noon

Chris Dress, a long time assistant in the Great Oak baseball program, has been named the new head coach for the Wolfpack. Devin Davis photo.

There’s a new face at the helm for the Great Oak High School varsity baseball program. With former Head Coach Eric Morton being named the new athletic director for the school, long time assistant coach, Chris Dress, has been named the successor as new head coach of the Wolfpack squad.

Coach Dress has been a special education teacher at GOHS for almost 13 years and has been coaching (baseball and football) the entire time since he arrived at the school. Dress says he loves the tradition that Coach Morton has in place and plans to continue and build on that. His competitive nature welcomes this challenge and already has his sights set on getting the team to the next level.

“I am very excited for Coach Dress to take over the baseball program. He has been a member of the baseball coaching staff for the last 12 years and will continue to build this program. He understands the history and traditions and will make the transition for all the players and parents seamless,” stated Morton in a recent interview.

Dress is a native of Orange County but played high school baseball in Maryland where he earned a scholarship to play college baseball at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. Coach Dress strives to be honest, fair and very passionate about his coaching craft every day that he is out on the field.

When asked why he feels he is the best candidate Dress stated that his ability to relate to the players gives him an edge and that he likes to keep the game fun, but there is also a serious time, time to get to work and get going.

“I definitely have passion and knowledge for the game,” says Dress. “My ego and competitive nature says there is nobody better qualified than me to take over this position. I believe and know what I can do and surround myself with really good staff to help push the agenda forward.”

Coach Dress appears to have unanimous support in his new role including recently retired Great Oak pitching coach Dan Dwyer. “I have coached Frosh, JV and Varsity with Coach Dress over the past 10 years. He’s a great fit for the job, knows the program and players and has a great grasp of the game and how it should be played. He teaches the the game properly and his insight and style will benefit Great Oak for years to come,” exclaimed Dwyer.

Coach Dress’ philosophy on coaching and its relationship to education: “I am big believer in explaining on what needs to be done, showing and giving the players examples and showing the fundamental and proper way it is expected to be done.

Then letting the guys go out and do it in practice.

It’s kind of like going to a Science lab in the sense of “Here is what were going to do and if we do it this way here is what our end result would look like.

Now you guys go and perform that lab, and when there is mistake we will come in and fix those mistakes.

Great Oak High School’s new head coach, Chris Dress. Devin Davis photo.

If we do it right, we get to celebrate that like crazy.

And if we do it wrong we get to celebrate that too because we’re going to fix it.” I also want to increase their knowledge of this game beyond what they have now.

Just like in a classroom.”

Great Oak High School is in the CIF SS Div II Conference for baseball and Dress and his staff will look to improve on the team’s record from last year. His area of focus in order to accomplish that will be playing better defensively, executing thesituational game and improving strategies to earn more runs. Article contributions made by Valley News Sports Editor, JP Raineri.


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