However, between the lines, North is far from a reflection of his favorite road-trip watering hole. The former Penn State pitcher and UM grad carries much more experience than a typical club sport coach. His club coaching days began only after he had served as the director of baseball operations at Daytona State College, where he says he “earned his master’s in baseball.”
The University of Miami Club Baseball Coach, Mike North, has instilled in his players a ritual he views as absolutely necessary to both the success and the morale of his team. And it couldn’t have less to do with baseball.
That familiar noise, that echoing pop that fills the atrium of the Patti and Alan Herbert Wellness Center can raise thousands of dollars. It does every year. For the past thirteen years, UM’s Club Racquetball Team has hosted their Great Balls Of Fire tournament, a fundraiser for both the club and charity, and an increasingly successful open competition.