Russellville baseball head coach Chris Heaps said when he first arrived in Russellville in 2012, he urged his players to be uncommon to achieve an uncommon result. On top of the Golden Tigers’ three consecutive state championships under Heaps, the uncommon team now has an uncommon locker room to match.
The changes to the locker room began in December, with Creative Graphics out of Birmingham being drafted to help achieve the look Heaps had in mind. The changes were strictly aesthetic, but Heaps said he believes the positive impact it will have on his program will be monumental.
“Every year we do one major capital improvement,” Heaps said. “There’s a lot of different things that we’ve done, but we feel like this is the best things we’ve done. I feel like it’s culture, and I don’t think anything is more important than the culture of a program. Culture is bigger than the players or any of the parents because I feel like culture is what drives your results.”
Upon entering the locker room, the walls that used to be painted a plain gold and white are now covered with reminders of monumental moments in Golden Tiger history, with the first wall boasting…