Letters

Letters2The following letters were sent to Bill Melvin and Pitching for Excellence. We sincerely appreciate the time and effort it took to send these kind notes. Your feedback and suggestions are always welcome.

schunk“I have known Coach Melvin for many years and I am so grateful that he helped shape my path as a coach, parent, fan, and student of baseball at Medlock Park in Decatur, GA. My son, Aaron, attended Bill’s clinics, camps and lessons in the park, and winter lessons helped prepare him for each high school season. I have watched Bill help train my son from t-ball to the start of his collegiate career at UGA. Our neighborhood baseball park has benefited so much from his skill set, passion for teaching, and love of the game, and our community has been truly enhanced by Bill as a neighbor. It is not possible for me to recommend Bill Melvin enough.”

Respectfully submitted,
Eric Schunk
(Pictured: Aaron Schunk, Freshman INF/RHP, 2017 Georgia Bulldogs)

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“I’ve coached youth baseball 26 years and experienced that most Little League pitchers don’t receive enough instruction. Coaches have limited time to work individually with all their pitchers and usually don’t have enough expertise. Having Bill work with our pitchers makes a huge difference from a coaching standpoint (winning games) and for the development of the player. Pitching is challenging and a valuable experience for boys where they can develop composure, competitiveness and confidence. Like most things, it helps to have sound fundamentals. I recommend all players to try to learn how to pitch. Bill Melvin is the top instructor I’ve been around in nearly half a century of playing through Senior League baseball and coaching.
And he’s a great guy to hang out with!”

Scott Young

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jmb“Bill has been an integral part of our lives. He has provided great coaching, injury-prevention techniques for pitching, and mentoring for my three sons. We are a better family for having Bill in our lives!!!”

Lisa Boswell
(Pictured: John Michael Boswell, Sophomore C/DH, 2017 Furman Paladins)

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Dear Bill,
Good sportsmanship seems to be one of the most important aspects of baseball, and far too often we see coaches, parents, and players acting in a way that does not honor the sport. The kids always learn so many skills during your camps, but they don’t realize that they are also learning how to act with class on and off the field. I have truly enjoyed watching the way you work with all of the young baseball players. Our two sons have learned a great deal from you about how to act win or lose. Thanks for instilling this trait, and for helping to also make better pitchers out of them!

Thanks,
Jamie & Shirleen Laubenthal

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Dear Bill,
I want to thank you and Matt for such a wonderful week at baseball camp for Thomas. I especially appreciate the continued learning and encouragement of good sportsmanship! He had a great time and is continuing to talk about “Coach Melvin” and “Coach Matt” even as we are here in South Carolina at the beach. I hope he will have the opportunity to be at camp again next summer and to see you some before then. Please extend my thanks and appreciation to Matt. He is a great role model.

Sincerely,
Barbara Pendergrast

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Dear Coach Bill & the Coaching Staff,
I want to thank you for the terrific job you all do with your baseball camp — not only with developing the kids’ baseball skills but especially teaching them life skills. It is challenging being a parent and you start to feel like a broken record repeating the importance of a good education and good study habits. I have enjoyed the end-of-day talks and the recaps I get from Trent about the challenges — smoking, stealing, etc. that Coach Bill faced as a youngster. The kids really listen to you all!

Thank you for all you do!
Tamara Lopata

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Dear Bill,
I did not want to let the moment pass without thanking you and Matt for the terrific camp you ran at Medlock last week and for recognizing Morgan in a way which neither he nor I will ever forget. As Matt was talking about the actions that the honoree of the Sportsmanship Award had taken during the week, I clearly remember that I hoped one day our children would behave in such a way to earn that incredibly special recognition. You can therefore imagine the thrill I felt when Matt named Morgan. Notwithstanding that moment, I can’t thank you enough for the life lessons y’all talked about with these guys and for the uplifting and excellent program you have. We hope to see you again.

Sincerely,
Lyn Thompson

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