The summer before my senior year of high school I moved to Kansas from Utah. That ended up being the best thing to happen to me for my baseball career. If it wasn’t for my parents, family, coaches, and summer coach Mr. Wessling, I might not be where I am today. Everyone has supported me and done everything possible to make sure I have succeeded in life and baseball. My parents and Mr. Wessling helped me get on the best college showcase team around. That is when I was given a chance by Coach Dale Reed. He has a very good reputation for winning and finding top caliber potential college baseball players. He does a great job on getting players where they need to be physically and mentally. Playing for Coach Reed was definitely the turning point in my baseball career. He helped me learn how to play the game of baseball like no one had before. The best part about him that I appreciated the most was his willingness to help and be completely honest with me. If he saw something that I needed to change or fix, or do differently, he would let me know. He was up front about it and did everything he could to help me fix it. I don’t know if there is such a thing as a perfect coach, but Coach Reed is my perfect coach. My lifelong dream has been to play professional baseball and Coach Reed was the one that helped me realize the type of player I would need to be to fulfill my goals.
Coming off of two elbow surgeries I needed to learn to pitch all over again. Coach Reed took the time to help me change my arm slot, prepare me for my upcoming high school senior year, help me find a great junior college to go to, and overall become a better pitcher and person. He was a major contributor for me becoming and all-state pitcher in high school and also being selected a National JUCO pitcher of the week my sophomore year.
If it wasn’t for Coach Reed I don’t know if I would have gotten the chance to play baseball at Johnson County Community College, Middle Tennessee, or being drafted by the New York Mets. Thank you for everything Coach Reed. You were a major influence on me as a baseball player and a great person.