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DuBose excited to be ACA's baseball coach


New ACA baseball coach Eric DuBose, a former pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles, hits groundballs to his players at the Patriots’ practice Monday. (Photo by Michelle Lepianka Carter)


TUSCALOOSA | Eric DuBose, a former Mississippi State and Baltimore Orioles pitcher, has taken his talents to the American Christian Academy baseball team.

DuBose will be taking on an entirely new role with the Patriots, however, as head coach. He was previously on the coaching staff at Wayne County High School in Mississippi and most recently was the pitching coach at the University of West Alabama.

DuBose said the main reason he decided to become the head coach at ACA was for his four children, three of whom attend the school. DuBose said it feels natural for him to coach, especially younger players.

"I’ve always had a connection with kids," DuBose said. "And I always knew that baseball, whether I was playing or coaching, I’d be involved in it in some capacity."

He is bringing in a wealth of experience to his new position. He was a three-time All-American at Mississippi State and had an 11-year professional career. DuBose said he tries to relate his time at the collegiate and professional levels to his players when he can.

"There’s always a time where we use my past, the things I was able to accomplish, to build them," DuBose said, "to let them know it can be done."

DuBose isn’t the only one excited about his arrival at ACA. Senior first baseman and pitcher Addison Moore said he had already met DuBose at a camp and was excited to have him as his new head coach.

"He had played at State, which is where I would like to play," Moore said. "And he played all over in the pros. He has a lot of experience, so, yeah, I was excited."

Senior center fielder and pitcher John Mills said he and the team have already developed a good relationship with DuBose and learned a quite a lot in the coach’s time with the Patriots. Mills said he’s greatly improved his pitching technique after working with DuBose.

"He encourages us, but he also pushes us harder in practice," Mills said. "He wants us to be the best we can be, definitely. Already, I’ve learned a pretty good bit."

Still, DuBose said, this team won’t revolve around him or his playing days, or even winning. It will be about his players.

"The kids come first," DuBose said. "It’s not about me, it’s not about my numbers. It’s about the development of these young men."