Christopher DeSousa is a 6’2”, 200-pound baseball player. He is currently in the 12th grade at Massapequa High School in Massapequa, New York. Chris has many hobbies that include working out, coaching baseball, and hanging out with his friends. He works out 5-6 days a week at the gym and coaches for the Long Island Athletics along with John Mushmaker. Christopher also enjoys practicing baseball on the field with his two friends Travis and Johnny. He has a passion for baseball like nothing else in his life and devotes as much time as possible to play it. College baseball is a dream Chris has been chasing his whole life. He is interested in playing down south where the weather is beautiful.
Christopher is part of a very loving and caring family of four. They are there for him whenever he needs them. He has a Father, Frank, along with two brothers, Sebastian and Carter. He loves to go into the backyard and throw around a ball or mess around with his brothers. Christopher’s favorite subject in school is math; he says that it comes easily to him.
Another thing Chris is dedicated to is his diet. He follows a very strict diet, which contributes to his physique. Furthermore, Chris has a passion for cars. A particular favorite of his is the Dodge Charger. Looking to the future, Christopher Desousa would like to be a professional baseball player. His backup plan is to major in Finance in college and see where that takes him.
How did you get started as a baseball coach?
I actually got hurt back in October of 2017. I tore my UCL, which put me out of baseball for a while. My dad told me to get a job to keep me busy and I agreed. I was looking for a job that pays well but is fun at the same time. I thought of coaching and contacted an old coach of mine, John Mushmaker. He was my coach back in 8th grade. As soon as school ended, I started to coach with the Long Island Athletics. I fell in love with coaching and still do it today!
Have you ever doubted your abilities to coach others?
At first, I was a little nervous coaching for the first time. I started out coaching first base to get the feel of things. As I got more comfortable, I moved to third base coach. I never really doubted myself, but I was indeed a little nervous.
Is there any particular instance of coaching that you are most proud of?
Yes, there is this one moment that I will always remember. It was the last game of the summer and we lost the game. This one kid was upset so I gave him a talk and told him that it was just one game and it won’t mean a great deal in the larger scheme of things. Later that week, I received a handwritten letter from the same kid that showed his appreciation for that talk and for the coaching I gave him all summer long.
What is the toughest decision you’ve had to make in the last few months regarding your coaching position?
There is not one specific position that has been the toughest with coaching. I do feel that it is equally tough to take out a pitcher from the game when he wants to stay in the game. I take them out of the game for many different reasons such as pitch count.
What do you think it is that makes you successful?
I feel that my work ethic makes me successful. When I get my mind set on things I won’t stop until I accomplish it. For example, I want to be the best possible pitcher I can be, so I work on strength, diet, and accuracy. I am in the weight room 5-6 days per week, I follow a strict diet, and throw bullpens every week.
What does the future hold for you?
I feel that my future is very bright. My hope is that I’m going to play college baseball and major in business or finance. Of course, my dream is to continue to play baseball after college but if that doesn’t work out then my family has a business that I would love to contribute to. They have a construction business that is continually growing, and I feel that I would be a great asset to them.
How do you keep your baseball skills sharp?
I keep my skills sharp by practicing at the field almost every day with my friends. I go to the high school with my two best friends, Travis and Johnny, and we work on whatever we have to in order to get better. I also workout in the gym 5-6 days a week. This helps get me stronger and continually improve my baseball skills.
What is the best thing about your current job?
I think that the best thing about my current job is helping the kids develop a better understanding of the game of baseball. Hopefully, they are having fun while learning the game. I coach kids from the ages of 13-15 and I feel that this is when you can really develop a passion for the game. Another great thing about my job is that it is outside. I love to hangout outdoors and enjoy the great summer weather.
What is the biggest accomplishment of your lifetime?
My biggest accomplishment is getting called up to play varsity baseball as a sophomore. There was a great group of seniors and juniors, so it was going to be very hard for me to make the team. When they asked me to pitch, I went out and competed for the 30 pitches I threw. After the week of tryouts, they called me inside and said, “Christopher Desousa, you made the team!”
You said you recently injured yourself? Was this a baseball related injury? Also, how are you going to come back from it?
Yes, I recently tore my UCL back in October of 2017. I injured it in a fall baseball game. This injury has put me out of baseball for well over a year now. I finally got surgery to get it fixed and my progress has been amazing so far. I feel that I’m going to come back stronger from this injury with all the physical therapy and with all the strength/speed training I have been doing.