I have only known Walt for 2 years, but what I have come to know about him, makes me want to be a better person. Walt is the Director of ER Services at a hospital by day, and a WCAA Red Storm Travel Baseball coach by night. Even after a long day at the hospital, he volunteers his time, multiple days a week, to grow our young boys into men. He teaches them the game of baseball, the rules, the tricks, and the hard work it takes to be a good player. He also teaches much more than just baseball.
Coach Walt has a HUGE personal impact on each of these boys. He is positive, and encouraging. He helps them through their struggles on AND off the field. When they lose, he helps them to understand that you’re not going to win them all, and it’s okay to be sad, but it’s important to make sure you get up again, and keep fighting for a new day.
The pic I’m submitting hits close to home. The boy in the pic, is our Championship Game pitcher, he’s our “Sunday Guy”, and he’s my son. In this particular pic, we had just lost and it was the first time in a while that we had lost. Our pitcher was crushed. The team he faced was strong, and we lost 13-11. He felt like he let his team down, even though his teammates had told him otherwise. After a team meeting, Coach pulled our #2 aside and spoke to him. I have no idea what Coach said, and I don’t need to, the pic says it all. When he walked away from Walt, there was peace in his eyes and smile on his face. Tomorrow was near, and he would win.