Monte Lee brings TAP Player Evaluation
and Development System to Clemson Baseball
July, 2015 Clemson, SC New head baseball coach Monte Lee is bringing the TAP player evaluation and development system he used at College of Charleston to his new position at Clemson University.
TRP: Congratulations on being named head baseball coach at Clemson! We know you used the TAP system at College of Charleston. Have you started using the TAP at Clemson?
Monte Lee: We are officially using the TAP here at Clemson. We just set it up this morning and sent out a group email to all of our players and told them they have until tomorrow to take the TAP, if that tells you anything about how important the TAP test is to us.
TRP: So you have brought the TAP with you based using it in the past?
Monte Lee: In my experience of using it when I was at Charleston, I thought it made a world of difference for us as coaches, being able to look at our players and understand how to coach them by looking at the Coaching Report for each player. We knew what worked for them for motivation and what didn’t based on the Evaluation Reports.
That is the whole point of using this – to gain a thorough understanding of the player from the inside out. We always work on the physical side of the game but don’t always work on the mental side of the game. This is one of those tools that can really help you in that regard.
TRP: Will you use the TAP for recruiting?
Monte Lee: Yes, we will send it to players we are recruiting. We want to know as much as possible about our signees before they come here to gain as much knowledge about each player mentally as possible.
TRP: Are you going to be using the TAP any differently at Clemson?
Monte Lee: We are going to use it exactly the same way we used it at Charleston. We’ll use it with our returning players, incoming players, our committed players, and ones that we are recruiting. We assess the physical skills of a player when we are recruiting them, and when they are here on our field. What we can’t assess are their mental tools. The TAP gives us an opportunity to look at a player and assess what works for that player, and how to coach that recruit. That is why we use the TAP.
TRP: Do you and your coaches take the TAP?
Monte Lee: Yes. We take it ourselves as coaches to self-evaluate.
TRP: Does it change how you use players?
Monte Lee: A good example was last year at Charleston I had two freshmen that pitched for us out of the bullpen. They were two guys that, based on the physical tools and their performance in the fall, we did not think were going to pitch a lot for us. They were struggling physically. After taking the TAP, one thing that was pretty surprising for us is that these guys had high scores for mental toughness.
So, in the spring, we put them out there and they ended up being all-conference pitchers for us because they could handle the pressure and the adversity of pitching in high pressure situations.
It taught us a lot about incoming players and what the TAP can tell us and what to look for, whether a player has a chance to be successful right away if he has the physical tools and the mental tools, or if this player is one that we have to develop and nurture a little bit when it comes to being able to handle the successes and failures of the game of baseball.