Chattahoochee native Jamie Shouppe was introduced as the new head baseball coach at FAMU last Wednesday.
The beleaguered program could not have gotten a bigger lift.
FAMU has fallen on hard times going from a program that produced major league players (Andre Dawson, Vince Coleman, Marquis Grissom to name a few) to barely getting a draft pick.
In time Shouppe will change that.
There are several pluses the former Florida State left-handed pitcher and pitching coach brings to the table.
First, he knows how to judge talent. Second, with his ties to the area he knows just what FAMU needs to get to glory ways. Third, Shouppe has some kind of work ethic. I know that firsthand because in the late ‘70s Jamie played on our Post 84 baseball team. I say to this day he’s one of the hardest working and dedicated players I ever had.
Maybe not immediately, but in the near future, the FAMU baseball program will be a top notch one. Just you wait and see.
BIG TIME WIN
I have to admit from the top that Phil Mickelson is my favorite pro golfer.
The big left-hander put on quite a show Sunday in Scotland to come from five shots back in the British Open final round to capture the event by three strokes with a final round 66.
Publicity-wise, Mickelson probably got his biggest break, though, when Prince William and Kate’s baby didn’t arrive before or during the Open.
Because, I can tell you, from having visited England, everything takes a back seat to the Royal Family’s doing on that island.
One of the good things about working with youth in different programs is seeing them active in a sport after they finish playing.
I’ve been very fortunate to see athletes I’ve been associated with come back to coach at different levels in baseball, softball, football, basketball, volleyball and track.
It would probably take a page to list all these players throughout the years but just this past week I noticed several names pop up in different articles.
Roy Braswell, a former Post 84 player, was an assistant coach for the Havana AAA All-Stars as was Tommy Sadberry who played in our Quincy Recreation Department program.
Past Post 84 players Jay Scott and Chad Purcell help coach the Chaires 9-10 all-stars who won their sectional tournament and will play in the little league state tournament this week. Jay’s son Chase is a member of the team and Chad’s son Brodie is a batboy.
Zane Harrell also coaches that team. I’ve been associated with him all the way back to his Tallahassee Post 13 playing days.
Kip West is another guy I’ve known since his American Legion playing days with Tallahassee Post 250. He recently coached the Tallahassee Levy Park 9 and under all-stars to the Dizzy Dean World Series championship which by the way, had another former Post 84 player, Adam Farout’s son Drew, on it as well as Kip’s son Jaxson.
There are no doubt several others I’ve been associated with coaching summer teams. These are ones I read about and are very pleased to see them involved.