Dear Coastal Baseball Nation,
Having been the head baseball coach at Coastal Carolina University for the past 16 years, to see BB&T Coastal Field packed with teal for the regionals and super regionals was a lifetime dream come true. To see how much the Coastal Baseball Nation has grown in three years since we had the last regional at BB&T Coastal Field was incredible.
For those fortunate enough to be there, they witnessed some of the most exciting baseball games ever played by Coastal Carolina. In the end, we fell short of our team's dream of going to Omaha by the slimmest of margins, an at bat or a defensive play. We lost to a great USC team.
Our team was my personal best in 26 years of coaching. Not only were they talented, but the "relentless" refusal to lose was something I have never seen in an entire team before. My coaches, players, staff and definitely mine, hearts were completely broken in the end, but I know these kids touched a lot of hearts and souls of many of you by what they did on the field and off the field. A finer group I may never have the pleasure of coaching again, but we will continue to work hard as a staff and never lose sight of the dream of going to Omaha.
With that, I would like to personally thank all of you that attended our games all year and especially the tremendous support we got for the regionals and super regionals. You made a huge difference! I would also like to thank the following people/organizations as well:
Coastal Carolina University
City of Myrtle Beach
Teal T-Shirt sponsors
Collin's Kids-Robyn Rabin
Chanticleer Athletic Foundation
Jimmy John's-Jay Delinger
First Citizen's Bank-Rebecca Hardwick
Horry County State Bank
City of Conway
Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
State Farm-Jackie Stokes
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Baseball at the Beach
Chris Ball and the entire grounds crew
Ed Bailey and the CCU grounds crew
Liberty Tap Room
The Sun News-Josh Hoke
We look forward to 2011 and hopefully another run at Omaha. We will need your help; attendance at games is mandatory, so please free up your weekend calendar for spring of 2011 and come join Coastal Baseball Nation as we pursue our dreams of a national championship.
The writer lives in Conway.