Bob Elliot's Article on Kevin Nicholson- BC Baseball "13U Coach of the Year" and other 2016 "Award Winners"
By Bob Elliott
Canadian Baseball Network
Switch-hitting shortstop Kevin Nicholson had the perfect teacher when it came to the ups and downs of hitting from both sides of the plate.
His infield coach with the Stetson University Hatters was Larry Jones, whose son could switch hit ‘a little bit,’ as the old timers say. His son, Chipper Jones, a former first-round pick of the Atlanta Braves is likely Cooperstown bound next January.
Nicholson told us back in 1997 how he “learned a lot from coach Jones,” and how “he doesn’t lecture, he points things out, keeps it short and simple.”
“What helps is that Chipper is a switch hitter, not to compare me to being on the same level by any means, but coach Jones can explain how Chipper handled things, the drills he did and how not to neglect my natural hitting side.”
Nicholson must have picked up a thing or do about teaching from Stetson coach Pete Dunn and Jones’s father. Now coaching North Langley, Nicholson was honored as the 13U coach of the year at the annual BC Baseball Coaching Conference awards luncheon at the Langley Events Centre. It is the longest running and largest convention in Western Canada.