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GBL Swanky's / Cheffie's Coaches Corner

The Germantown Baseball League is driven by the many hours of dedication from our volunteer coaches. These men and women sacrifice their own time to work several days a week with the young athletes in GBL. GBL would not be recognized as one of the premier youth baseball organizations without these volunteer coaches. Thanks to Swanky's Taco Shop and Cheffie's Cafe we will highlight several of these volunteer coaches to let you get a "behind the scenes" look at these coaches when they are not on the field and in the dugout right here in the Swanky's / Cheffies Coaches Corner!

Coaches Corner Spotlight - Brian Edmonds




BRIAN EDMONDS - U8 SOFTBALL  - ELITE

My family owns St. Clair Foods. We manufacture premier deli salads, dips and frozen foods.

This is my 4th year coaching in GBL and my 2nd year as a head softball coach. I have coached soccer, football, baseball and now softball. My philosophy is to expect achievable results and make the players play. Without expectations, there is no achievement. And without achievement, there is no point.  I push the girls to perform at their highest levels and show them that the fun you get out is a direct result of the effort you put in, no matter your skill level.

I absolutely love coaching. I cannot wait to set the lineup each game because I get to mentally preview the game and think about how the girls will perform in their regular positions and how they will react to challenges in their positions. There is no greater thrill to me than watching a player that may usually struggle make a play because they were in position to make it. Opportunity provides experience.

I can’t say most people don’t know this because I love to talk about it but I race old BMWs on road courses all over the country. What they truly don’t know is that I love coaching more than racing and have stayed home to coach games then flown to races at the 11th hour.

My goal for my players is that they love the sport and are confident in their abilities.

Coaches Corner Spotlight - Matt Crowl




MATT CROWL - JR. COACH PITCH - CARDINALS
Having grown up in Memphis during the beginnings of the competitive baseball emergence I was fortunate to have great local instruction. I grew up in the early to mid 90’s, which was around the time Tim Dulin had finished his playing career and began to give instruction. As Tim’s business grew I was fortunate to not only have him as an instructor but many others including the late great Charlie Lea, Rod Griggs, Kevin Booker, and many more. Using this instruction and the competition of great local players laid the foundation that allowed me to play locally at Houston High, graduating in 2002.  I was fortunate to play for both Lane McCarter and Collins Day and look back fondly on their instruction and the many teammates and friends who went on to play major college or professional baseball.

Today I am back in Germantown, where along with my wife Julie we are raising two children, Porter and Genevieve. As a family we enjoy all sports, as our son Porter plays three and my daughter enjoys soccer and ballet. I am fortunate that my job as a dental consultant allows me enough free time to coach my son in GBL where I have the last two seasons.  I love the game of baseball and see it now more for the life teachings it can provide boys and girls.  My goal for each player is the same, to have fun, learning the fundamentals while we as coaches try to be leaders of young men providing them with an additional positive influence outside of their family.


I encourage anyone who has a passion for baseball or softball and wants to give back to their community to reach out to GBL.  The origination provides great leadership and experiences for hundreds of local children each year.