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Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Dear Coach Scott,
I would just like to take the time to thank you for all that you have done for me as not only a coach but a mentor as well. You taught me so much on the field, but even more off the field that will stick with me well beyond my baseball playing days. You have helped shape me into the man I am becoming and have taught me countless life lessons that are integral for success in the real world outside of the white lines.
With that being said, I would also like to thank you for all that you have done for me in the process of applying to colleges to further my academic career. I have heard back from all of my schools and have been accepted to some of the top universities in the country. I have a bunch of great options to choose from, but I believe I will be attending Georgia Tech this fall. It has everything I am looking for in a college, including the #4 chemical engineering program in the nation and a 5 year BS/MS program.
Thanks again for everything you have done for me,
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Before meeting Scott, Justin been playing baseball for 6 years. He loves the game but wasnt getting the results. He batted last and played outfield. We would practice all the time, but I am not a baseball expert. He was very frustrated with his performance and it was taking a toll on his self-esteem. I decided to reach out for some 1-1 coaching. Thats when I found Coach Scott. From the first lesson, he was learning the right mechanics of hitting and fielding. That was 2 seasons ago and it has been The Best Investment I made in my son. From batting last to making the starting lineup, to playing 2nd base and making some amazing plays. One of his goals was to make the High School team. He didnt make the team as a freshman or a sophomore. However last night he made his High School Team. I owe it all to the incredible job of Coach Scott. Youre a true master at the art of coaching baseball. Its not easy to transfer what you know to others, you have a way with teaching people. Justin gravitated to you since the first lesson. He loved playing on your teams and is really excited about the personal coaching plan you put together for him. It is truly amazing how many kids were better than him 2 seasons ago, who were in the starting lineups of the different teams he has been on and he has surpassed them. As I watch those kids throughout the last 2 years I would ask their parents, Does your son get personal coaching? No! they would reply. I knew right there I was giving my son the edge. Coach you made a comment to me and I use this philosophy in my life. Would you fly on a plane with an amateur pilot or a skilled professional? Which do you choose for your son?
Im also excited because my younger son Trevor who is 11 is part of your Personal Coaching Program as well. This allows him the advantage of getting started earlier than Justin did. Just think of the possibilities he is going to have. Thanks again Coach for investing in my kids. I truly appreciate your hard work and dedication to see them grow and succeed.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Scott and Tyler
I know that you have heard this from us before, but in light of William being asked to play ball at Centenary University and accepting the opportunity Ronni and I felt that one more thanks was necessary.
You know my story, a father whose 7 year old son (at the time) was not a natural ball player (as a matter of fact some might say he was not good at all) decided that if his son was going to have any chance to like the game I would need to Coach him because I did not feel other parents would give him the time he needed. So I decided to Coach him in little league, which led to him liking the game but not loving it yet. He got a bit better and decided he liked catching which Ronni and I thought was great because it would keep him focused on the game as he sometimes lost focus (as you know). Catching worked out great but at some point he decided he wanted to try pitching. By this time he was getting a bit better and I decided to really get involved by Coaching a travel team for MLL. He thrived a bit more but as he got older I realized that I could not provide him what he needed to excel in a game that he now LOVED!!! By this time he was around 12 years old, my coaching him was causing he and I to fight and also differences between Ronni and I. In an effort to keep him from leaving a game he loved we decided that it was time for me to "retire" from coaching and find an organization that had his best interests at heart, not someone who just wanted our money. We sifted and sorted through the many teams and listened to a lot of BS. Then we tried out for the NJ Explosion you were honest, up front and fair in your assessment of William, bottom line was he needed work but you were willing to take a chance with him. That fact, and the fact that a tryout each year was not necessary (I think your exact words were once on the Explosion always on the Explosion) however you did explain that he would have to work and work hard each year or his role on the team would change is what sold us on you and your program. So we went All In!!!
If I were to say the road was easy I would not be telling the truth but each year with Williams hard work and your and Tylers motivation he got better and better. Did he listen always no (and he still doesnt) but you both did not give up. You explained things to him, spoke to him caringly and at time raised your voice to him when in fact he needed it!!!
Could we have left the Explosion and gone elsewhere, yes, but the fact that he was advancing each year was more important to us than anything else and that he surely was!! As you know we did not allow him to tryout for HS ball his freshman year because he was struggling in his adjustment to HS. That being said when he tried out as a Sophomore and was an underdog to get on the team he still made it!!! That we feel is certainly in part because of both of your efforts.
Now today we sit here as parents of a soon to be college baseball player and cant help to think that we would not be here if we didnt stick with the NJ Explosion. We are so grateful for what you both did for William, how you motivated him to work hard, play hard and how to be the best that he can be. His hard work and your efforts have taken a little boy who was afraid of a baseball and made him into a College pitcher.
Many many thanks for a job well done. We look forward to keeping in touch and filling you in on his High School and College accomplishments (on and off the field)
With our sincerest thanks
Dave and Ronni