The warmer temperatures mean more than just the beginning of spring - they also mean that it's officially baseball season, and so far, the Cranford Cougars baseball team is off to a great start with help of Coach Dennis McCaffery.
The principal of Lincoln School, McCaffery started coaching in Cranford 1994. He led both football and baseball teams in town. A graduate of Villanova University, Mccaffery is also a graduate of nearby Roselle Park High School.
Cranford Patch asked the coach a few questions about his team, coaching style and goals for the future.
What's the best advice you can give to your players?
Give 100 percent all the time and work hard on and off the field.
What do you say to your team if they're having a rough game?
Keep playing hard.
What is your greatest moment as a coach?
There is not one single moment. I have enjoyed every year and every season.
What is your ultimate goal for the season?
To have our team play to the best of their ability every game.
In what ways do your athletes inspire YOU?
I really cannot say any one athlete inspires me. I get inspired by seeing people work to their limit. I get a lot of inspiration from many people and most of them are not athletes. It is ordinary people doing great things that excite me.
What is your proudest moment as a coach?
I really do not have one moment. I have had a lot of great memories as a coach. I am happy to say I still keep in touch with a lot of former players and I like the tradition and loyalty the Cranford Baseball players have to each other. When you play for Cranford, you are playing for a program that has a lot of respect for the alumni and we all care about each other. I like to think it is a bond we have for each other for life.