Mullen anxious to get Troy High program back to success, circa 2008
April 24, 2013
TROY — Tim Mullen has seen enough ups and downs with the Troy High baseball program to know both are possible, from one year to the next.
Now, the first-year varsity skipper is set on making sure the foreseeable future is comprised of a steady incline.
“It’s time Troy takes that next step with the baseball program,” Mullen said last week.
He’s been involved with baseball at Troy for 11 years — the past 10 springs serving as the junior varsity coach.
When it was determined Jim Ellis wasn’t coming back in 2013, Mullen officially accepted the job in mid-November.
“Overall, the transition has been pretty smooth. I’ve been here for so long now, I know the kids, the parents, the facilities,” he said. “Really, it’s just a matter of me implementing my vision and where I want things to go.”
Since reaching Battle Creek in 2008 for the state semifinals, the Colts have struggled to come anywhere close again.
The team hasn’t won a league or district title since that spring, and has spent most seasons hovering around the .500 mark.
“In our preseason meeting, we talked about a lot about the two primary goals for us — winning the league and winning the district,” Mullen said. “If you look to the future, you hope one day, goals like that are a given and we’re working toward something beyond that. But that’s where we are right now, and the guys are pumped up for that challenge.”
Mullen said the Colts were 17-17 last year and placed fourth in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division at 7-8.
“Last few years, I think the confidence hasn’t been where it needs to be,” Mullen said, as Troy was 1-1 at press time. “Overall, the talent is here. We’ve played in a tough league and a difficult schedule, too. At the same time, I think chemistry is better this year than it has been. The guys respect one another and what needs to happen.”
The vision he spoke of is a rather simple one.
“For me, my emphasis is always about playing the game the right way,” he said. “We want Troy Colt baseball to be something special. We want to play hard, respect everything about the game. We’re going to dress a certain way, take pride in what we do. Whether it’s practice or game time, we’re going to be ready to go every time. That’s the culture we want to create here.”
The rest, he said, will take care of itself.
“You have to look forward to this challenge,” Mullen added. “Our goal is to get some things figured out here in the early parts of the season, start playing better as we hit the middle, and then be firing on all cylinders down the stretch.”