Today we get back to our 10 questions with coaches series and get to know our Varsity Baseball Head Coach, Pat Skellchock!
I currently reside in Ellicott City, MD and have been married to my wife Angie since 2007. We have 2 daughters (Madison-12 and Delaney-11) and 3 pets (Dog-Mookie, Dog- Hazel, and Cat- Debby). We have a beautiful family and I couldn’t be more proud. My daughters play Soccer, Basketball, and Lacrosse. I am surprised that neither of them wanted to play baseball/softball.
I was born and raised in Germantown, MD and was the 1st person in my family to play baseball. I am the oldest of 4 kids (Me-40, Kyle-35, Zack-30, and Shannon-25). Kyle and I graduated from Watkins Mill (I was class of 98) and Shannon and Zack graduated from Clarksburg. My parents are MOCO graduates also (Pete- Wootton 77′ and Peggy-Damascus 78′). My brothers and I all graduated from Towson University, while my sister graduated from Bridgewater College. Three out of the four of us teach PE and coach. Before I graduated from Towson, I attended MC and Carthage College (played baseball at both). I have taught PE at MLK MS (3 years), Galway ES (4 years), and BCC HS (9 years).
As a HS student I wasn’t sure if I would go to college, join the military, or work in the trades. My HS coach (Tom Cassera) in 1996-1997 took the MC baseball coaching job and recruited me to play for him in 1999-2000. The academics and baseball experience really prepared me for the future, better than the 4 year college/university. We had tough practices, conditioned hard, played a tough fall and spring schedule (about 60-65 games each year). I was a 1st team All-Regional and All-Conference RHP at MC, I still hold the record for most innings pitched in two years (152 innings). I later transferred to Carthage (NCAA D3) and pitched as a relief pitcher.
Once I graduated from College (TU) with a degree in PE, I could not get a job immediately because MCPS had a hiring freeze. I ended up substitute teaching for almost 2 years before I landed a permanent position. While I was a substitute teacher, my other former HS coach (Ken Brace) asked me to help assist during the 2004 season. The following season I took over the JV head coaching duties only to leave for a better position the following year. From 2006-2008 I was the pitching coach at MC for head coach, Dan Rascher. We were very fortunate during those 3 years, making the D3 JUCO World Series in 2006-2008. We had some D1 talent on those teams and won 100 games during that time.
In 2009, I gave up coaching at MC because the out of state traveling and 5-6 games a week was getting in the way of seeing my family and helping out with my 2 young daughters. In 2009 there was one varsity baseball coaching vacancy at JFK HS, so I applied and got it. I coached at JFK for 2 years and left to be the pitching coach at Whitman HS. I coached at Whitman from 2011-2017 in which we won 99 games under head coach Joe Cassidy. I really had no intentions of leaving Whitman, but Jesse Smith reached out to me and told me about the opportunity at Churchill. I applied, interviewed, and took the job in 2018. The Churchill community, parents, and athletics staff have made this coaching experience amazing. We now have top notch facilities, strong baseball talent, and the motivation/work ethic to continue growing into strong program.
Proud to be a Bulldog.
- What motivates you to work hard?
-Quality. The product we put out there is a direct representation of me and my staff. High quality practices equals high quality game play.
2. What did you want to be when you grew up as a child?
-I wanted to be rich, money was tight in my household. Occupation wise, probably and engineer. I loved building and using tools.
3. What is your favorite childhood memory?
-When I was 11, my grandparents took us on a cross-country trip to visit relatives, see landmarks, and National Parks. We went to 36 states and spent 3 weeks on the road.
4. What is the last book you read that you absolutely couldn’t put down?
-I’m not much of a book reader however, I do read home improvement and baseball info every day on the internet.
5. What’s your all-time favorite movie?
-I have seen more movies than the average person. My brother Kyle and I even speak in movie quotes to each other. Tough to pick one, but I always watch The Godfather and Goodfellas every time I see them on TV.
6. Who is your favorite band?
-Again, tough to pick one. I love classic rock and country, they are baseball music.
7. What is your favorite holiday?
-St Patty’s Day since I do share the name and my daughter was born on 3-17.
8. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?
-Pizza, During my bachelor days I probably ate it most days of the week.
9. Which famous person would you like to be best friends with?
-Like our football coach Joe Rydzewski, I would like to be boys with Buck Showalter. He is a great baseball mind, funny, and a down to earth guy.
10. If you could have a superpower what would it be?
-Time travel or Fly. I love history and hate traffic.