About me – I have always loved sports, especially baseball and softball. As an adult I played and coached many adult softball teams. But now that I have 3 daughters (and 1 son), my focus is on Coaching Fastpitch softball.
Right after my 6th season of coaching and winning the season tournament championship with my great 10U team, I was diagnosed with APL Leukemia (6/29/2009). Within a few days I was in ICU and fighting for my life. A few times my family was told I might not survive the night. What my doctors thought would be 3 weeks in ICU, turned into only 1 week. I was then moved to the cancer floor and was told it would take about 6 weeks for my bones to start producing the correct mature cells, but I recovered quicker than expected and was home in less than 3 weels. I spent the next 6 months driving to Baltimore for my Chemo treatments of mostly Arsenic. Although I didn't feel well during my treatments, I would visit my team at practices and most games during the Fall 2009 season, and they visited me at my house and brought me food and heathly drinks.
Aug 2010 update - I am still in 100% remission and have returned as coach of not only the 13U Explosion team but also the 10U Red Raiders Travel team. Of course my amazing story of survival would not have been successful without the love of my life, my wife Jenn and the continued support of my family, friends and the amazing Explosion players and their families.