With over 25 years experience, Coach Steve Autry has been labeled by many as a gifted and energetic teacher with an extraordinary talent to "reach the unreachable". With his REACH, TEACH and INSPIRE mantra and having a true passion for the game, Coach Autry brings a positive attitude and highly inspirational approach to instructing and teaching players.
Coach Autry played collegiate baseball at Chattahoochee Valley CC and Augusta College. He still holds several high school, college and amateur baseball records for strikeouts, appearances, innings pitched and career victories. Coach Autry credits several inspirational high school, college and amateur coaches for his love of teaching and coaching but credits his late father for instilling in his heart the love for the game of baseball.
"After my efforts to play professionally were finished, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I knew my strengths were in being able to effectively communicate with players, simplifying things and putting together programs and plans for improvement. To be a positive influence on players, help them develop their skills, build confidence and get them to the next level is my goal. It's not about me; its about the player. Everyone learns differently and being able to reach, teach and inspire young players is something I take great pride in. It's really bigger than baseball.
In 2017, Coach Autry was honored to be inducted into the National Semi Professional Baseball Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a player in amateur and semi-professional baseball. "To be remembered and inducted with several of my peers by the National Semi-Professional Baseball Hall Of Fame is a very humbling honor".
In 2019, Coach Autry will begin his 20th season as Pitching Coach for the Atlanta Cracker's of the Sunbelt Baseball League (SBL). The SBL is a Summer collegiate wooden bat league established in 2005 and is funded in part by Major League Baseball. The league features some of the nations top college baseball players.