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LESSONS LEARNED IN OMAHA

Ordinarily, getting on a plane to fly to somewhere is something to be endured. Few enjoy air travel. But let me tell you, if you’ve won your super regional, boarding the flight to Omaha for the College World Series is one of the greatest experiences of your life.

Just getting on that plane and flying is the highlight of your season until you get to Omaha. The guys on that plane know you are headed to the destination you have been focused on for months. Stepping on that plane is bigger than any game you’ve played so far. It’s bigger than the dogpile at the super regional.

When you step onto that plane, that’s when you realize you’re on a plane to Omaha. You’re going to the College World Series.

Every moment in Omaha seems bigger. When our UC Irvine team made the trip to Omaha in 2007, myself and assistant coach Sergio Brown were the only two members of our traveling party who had been there before.

On our first day in Omaha, we loaded the bus. Our players thought we were on our way to a workout at a local high school. But before that, on our way, I had set up with the bus

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