Throughout my life, I believe my academic and athletic education–together with a solid Catholic upbringing–has helped develop a stronger connection to God. My background in athletics started out at Lansing Catholic Central in Michigan where I varsity lettered in baseball and football. At St. Mary’s College Orchard Lake I had the opportunity to play college baseball. When St. Mary’s consolidated with Ave Maria University in Florida, I transferred to Olivet College to finish out my college baseball career and complete my Bachelor’s degree in physical education, health and sports recreation with a minor in speech education. After completing my coursework, I had the extraordinary opportunity to play baseball professionally in Austria. During my time off from pitching for the Austrian Hard Bulls I had the chance to teach baseball at the local schools. When my baseball career finished, I started working with the YMCA youth programs. For three years, I coached baseball (as a team sport), basketball, and soccer. I was also a pitching coach at the Lansing Hitting Club, a private baseball academy.
I believe that academics should always be the top priority in a child’s education, but I also believe that without athletics students cannot be truly well-rounded. As an educator my goal has been to encourage athletic activity–whether it be baseball, basketball, soccer, football, or tennis. I am eager to begin to develop St. Theresa sports and physical education program because, through physical education, I hope to instill habits of athletic activity and fitness in your sons and daughters. I wish to help St. Theresa students to grow into well rounded individuals–healthy in mind, body and spirit.