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This profile was last updated on 9/11/05  and contains information from public web pages.
 
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Clovis News Journal: Serving Eastern New Mexico and West Texas
www.clovis-news-nm.com, 11 Sept 2005 [cached]
Cronk looking to turn around struggling team
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After five years as an assistant coach for the Clovis baseball team, Brian Cronk has headed out on his own, taking the reins as head coach at Herschi High School in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Cronk has had many stops in his baseball journey, but the latest one will present his biggest challenge as he tries to build a winning baseball program at a school that has not won a game in two years.
"There are good kids here," Cronk said."Just not too many baseball players."
Cronk, a former college and minor league infielder, thought at 28 the timing was right to try his hand at being a head coach.
"I didn't want to live my life as an assistant," Cronk said.
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Cronk said last year the Huskies only had enough players to field a varsity team, and they play a tough 3A schedule, so there is a lot of work to be done.
"We are going to start at the ground level," Cronk said."We need to learn the basics and start building a program from the bottom up."
Hirschi's new coach said he only wants players who are serious about learning the game.
"I'll play with nine players for the whole season if that's all I can get," Cronk said."I want kids who are going to devote their time and effort.I tell them, ‘If you don't want to be here, then you should go home.'"
Cronk said his players listen closely to him because they know he has a baseball background.
"They are intregued by my history," Cronk said."They think, ‘Maybe this guy knows what he's talking about.'"
Cronk played junior college ball in Glendale, Ariz., then played two years at Eastern New Mexico.He was drafted to the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing in their minor league organization for two seasons.
He starting his coaching career as an assistant for ENMU.
In his second year in the minors, Cronk started thinking less about playing the game and more about coaching it.He said he started paying more attention to the coaches and the decisions they made during a game.
Cronk said he has learned things at each level that he will bring to the bench at Hirschi.
"I pulled some of the concepts and theories from each of the teams that I've played on or coached," he said."You try and make them your own."
Cronk thinks the key to building a successful team is the players believing in the coach's program.
"I want them to buy into my philosophies," Cronk said."I teach hard work, not to cheat yourself, and discipline.The biggest thing is discipline."
While Cronk said the Huskies aren't ready to compete for a state title, he thinks they will be a much better team than they were the last two years.
"I want us to be fundamenially sound," Cronk said."I want us to make strides in the right direction and go from there.We're gonna compete."
Exposure, Cronk said, is what will bring in talented players.
"If we start playing good baseball, and we run a good program," Cronk said, "people are going to start saying, ‘Hirschi actually has a baseball team.'"
Times Record News: Local Sports
www.timesrecordnews.com, 20 July 2005 [cached]
Cronk named Hirschi baseball coach
By Andy NewberryTimes Record NewsJuly 20, 2005
Hirschi High School had to move quickly to find a new baseball coach, and also had to cross state lines as the school hired Brian Cronk of Clovis (N.M.) High School.
Cronk has been an assistant at Clovis for five seasons and will inherit a major rebuilding effort with the Huskies, who have consecutive winless seasons and a 52-game losing streak.
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Alexander said Cronk played baseball at Eastern New Mexico and a year with the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization.
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Cronk will also work with freshman football and coach the receivers and secondary for the Huskies.
Football players receive their equipment and begin conditioning workouts on Aug. 1, so Cronk will have to hit the ground running in Wichita Falls.
Clovis News Journal: Serving Eastern New Mexico and West Texas
www.clovis-news-nm.com, 6 June 2004 [cached]
"The kids played hard," Clovis coach Brian Cronk said after Saturday's games.
Portales News-Tribune
pntonline.com, 30 Dec 2005 [cached]
Cronk heads to Wichita Falls - Former Greyhound baseball player, Brian Cronk, takes over reins as head coach of Herschi High School in Wichita Falls, Texas.
After five years as an assistant ...
www.pntonline.com, 1 Sept 2005 [cached]
After five years as an assistant coach for the Clovis baseball team, Brian Cronk has headed out on his own, taking the reins as head coach at Herschi High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. Cronk has ha...
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