The Drill: Positive energy is the way for Windom's Alex Fink
Alex Fink, coach of the Windom High School baseball team and a key player for the Windom Pirates amateur squad, is full of positivity and energy
WINDOM -- There are so many things that are needed in a good coach and a teammate. One important ingredient -- and it’s not always in stock -- is a high energy level.
That’s one thing that you’ll never have to worry about in Windom baseball, because the Eagles’ high school head coach is always on a high-energy plane. Alex Fink, who is also a key performer on the Pirates amateur baseball team, brings enthusiasm everywhere he goes. It’s clearly evident when you listen to him talk.
A native of Springfield, Fink was a three-sport high school star, playing baseball, basketball and football. Ironically, the baseball team made it to the section semifinals one year and lost there to Windom.
After graduating from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D., he became a teacher in the Windom Area school district. That was five years ago. He’s still teaching PE and health there today, and he loves it.
“One thing I pride myself in is bringing positivity into the classroom every single day, and onto whatever field we’re coaching at that time,” he said recently. “I’ve really liked it (in Windom). I didn’t know when I took the job if I’d stay for that long. And I really ended up falling in love with the community.”
The community is quite fond of him, too. This past spring, the high school baseball team enjoyed an excellent season, winning the Big South Conference championship, in fact. The Pirates are going strong this summer, and Fink is one of the team’s best hitters.
He hits for average and for power. Ironically, he says he probably only hit one home run for his Springfield high school team before graduating in 2012. It was a deep park he was hitting in, so perhaps that’s partially why. In any case, he developed his skills further at Augustana and brought them to Windom next.
Alex Fink is, of course, this week’s Globe Drill subject. You can see a video of him online at www.dglobe.com . Here’s a sample of the interview:
QUESTION: What are some of the most important things you’ve learned in sports?
ANSWER: “The most important thing I’ve learned about baseball over the years, whether it’s in high school, or college, or coaching -- anything like that -- is just how much fun it is to be in the dugout with teammates. Some of my old teammates are some of my best friends. And that’s just one thing I try to make happen on the high school team, is just to make it a fun atmosphere. And we’re lucky enough with the Pirates, too, to have a really fun dugout with a mix of ages and really good guys all the way around.”
QUESTION: So how good were the Eagles in the spring?
ANSWER: “Our high school team this year ended up winning the conference. We beat Fairmont in the conference championship. Fairmont had a really good team. They no-hit us and 10-runned us early in the year and then went on to win the state finals later in the spring. … We really had a good group of seniors and underclassmen -- we had a mix of everything. … Those kids worked hard. I thought it would take a little bit longer to get some of the things I wanted to do in our system. But they kind of bought in and did a really good job and worked really, really hard.”
QUESTION: What advice would you like to share?
ANSWER: “The valuable advice I’d want to share with any athlete is just to enjoy where you’re at and enjoy the people you’re around. I’m 29 now, so I’m getting old. But I still enjoy coming to the park and playing amateur baseball.”