Month: April 2011

Back in the Game

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My husband, Phil, was born with the baseball bug.  Before his first big game as a teenager, he slept with his baseball bat the night before.  It must have brought him luck because this baseball journey that started in little league, took him all the way to St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA on a full-ride scholarship.

Feeling called in a different direction, he left St. Mary’s and put his baseball dreams on hold to follow another dream.  He helped start a youth ministry program in Mesa, AZ called Life Teen.

After a few years (and one very successful youth ministry program ignited), while still working for Life Teen Phil got back in the game – this time as a head coach.  For seven straight years he was head coach of Seton Catholic High School in Chandler, AZ.  He left his mark, as he always does.  In those few years, Phil led his team to win three tournaments, two conference titles, state runner-up and in 1996 the state championship.  He then retired to be spend more time with his wife and three children.

Phil’s hard work didn’t go unnoticed.  I’m proud to announce this week Seton Catholic High School’s Baseball Program was ranked “one of the most successful high school baseball programs in Arizona over the past 25 seasons (since 1985).”  (Pictures of Seton Catholic and other teams in the top 25 can be seen at http://www.azcentral.com/commphotos/azcentral/18523/1#8.)

Nearly 18 years of marriage and five kids later, Phil is back in the game.  He is now head coach of Maur Hill-Mount Academy Catholic High School.  It’s just the beginning and there’s a long road ahead with this young team, but I know Phil will leave his mark once again.  His drive, vision, determination and “never give-up” attitude will one day lead to more titles and state championships – only this time for a small school in the midwest – Maur Hill-Mount Academy.

Go Ravens!

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