Meet Our Team: Rooster Southall

What is your hometown? 
I grew up in Baker, Louisiana. 

What is your job title and favorite part of your job at Traction? 
Facilities Operations Manager. My favorite part is developing young players. 

Name an interesting fact about you that a lot of people don’t know.
I sit on the board of the East Coast Pro (ECP) - a week workout for the best 150 high school players in the country. This happens at the end of July each year, as kids are going into their senior year. This is the best introduction for players into professional baseball. 

What brought you into the training/sports field? 
I actually majored in Health and Sports Management in college and have for the most part, been in the field my entire working life. 

What’s your favorite/one of your favorite quotes?
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt.

I try to live by this and have always kept it close to me - in writing, on my computer or phone.

Explain your favorite exercise/drill and what is it used for. 
My favorite drill is working on the offensive skills of hitting in baseball. It’s not just hitting, it’s how to play team offense to help your team win games.