Baseball has been my passion since I can remember. I began playing at the age of 6 years old and continued my career through college. Along the way, I’ve been named All-Conference, All-State and All-American. I’ve also played for numerous conference championship teams. Growing up in Arkansas, I played high school baseball for the Conway Wampus Cats. Upon graduating, I continued my career with the perennial baseball powerhouse Connors State College, which is a junior college in Warner, OK. My success there provided an opportunity to play on a full scholarship at Northwestern State University, a NCAA Division 1 university in Natchitoches, LA, where we won two Southland Conference championships.
Throughout my career I helped with many baseball camps where we taught kids the basic fundamentals of baseball. After college, I started teaching private lessons for kids who wanted to improve their skills. In 2009, I moved to California and eventually landed in Newport Beach. Soon after I started volunteer coaching at Irvine Pony. In my first two seasons, we won two league championships. In the meantime, I began teaching private lessons in Irvine. In the last two years, I have taught private lessons to over 20 kids of all different ages and skill levels. A few have gone on to play in All Stars and some have moved on to travel ball, but all of them understand the fundamentals of the game much better.
Teaching kids about work ethic, teamwork and the importance of an education are a byproduct of them learning the game of baseball. Taking any subject and becoming a master at it is a worthy cause and will provide kids the confidence to strive for excellence in other aspects of their lives. Although baseball is just a game, it provides many life lessons that you may not realize until much later on in life. I’m simply a baseball coach, but I have seen first hand the importance of being involved with team sports.