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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

From player to head coach

Photo by ||Jack Remson||[email protected]

City College Panthers are stretched out on the baseball field, and like a sergeant watching his troops prepare for battle while other coaches stand by for assistance, Head Coach Andy McKay stands confidently off to the side.

“I came here to play and really enjoyed my experiences. [I] kind of wanted to be part of it all,” says McKay, who played for baseball for City College in 1991. McKay says this influenced him to come back and coach.

This is McKay’s thirteenth year and eighteenth season as a Panther’s coach. Before joining the City College staff, McKay played and coached for the University of Tampa. He then played two seasons with City College in which the Panthers took home two league championships, two runner-up finishes and complied a record of 101 wins and eight losses. McKay has coached at City College since 1994.

”I’ve been a part of over a thousand games here [at City College] as either a player, assistant coach or head coach,” says McKay. “All of my adult life has been in this [SCC baseball] uniform in one way or another, so [baseball is] obviously really important to me.”

“One of the things that makes him good [at what he does] is he was a player here and then a coach and he knows the tradition,” says athletic trainer Mary Lund, who has been at City College for 12 years. “City College has a great baseball tradition, and Andy knows that tradition.”

”I worked with him for a long time,” Lund says. “From what I know about Coach McKay, he’s great at developing the [baseball] players’ full potential [in baseball].”
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The players agree.

“[It’s a] better experience [working with McKay] because he knows what it’s like [in] any role from redshirting to the backup player trying to get that starting position. He knows what it is to go through the entire program,” said Brian Joseph Kennedy, middle relief pitcher.

McKay holds an MBA from Sacramento State University and also teaches a sports psychology class at City College.

McKay says there are no limits to being good at something. There are always ways to get better.

“It’s not about how good [a player is]. It’s about getting better. If they’re bad, then you try to make them better. If they’re good you try to make them great.You’re trying to make them better than what they [already] are,” says McKay.

“Every day you wake up and you know you’ve got a chance to impact somebody in a positive way. You’re going to be coming into contact with people that are 18 to 22 years old [who are] very influential, and every day you get a chance to make a difference in somebody.”

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