500 Village Center Drive, North Oaks, MN 55127
I grew up in Duluth, MN with a twin brother, Andy, and an older sister, Kelly. When I graduated from high school at Denfeld, where I was a standout baseball pitcher for the baseball team, life paused until I figured out what I wanted to do. With no direction and no real source of income, I decided to enlist in the armed services. I spoke with a recruiter from the Army and was two weeks from my ship date to basic training when I received a phone call that irrrevocably changed my life.
I received a call from the head baseball coach at McCook Community College in McCook, Nebraska. The coach wanted me to give me a scholarship to play baseball. Baseball had always been an outlet for me. A place to go and just be at peace with life, with myself, and with all the other things that can stand in our way through out the day. The baseball diamond was a place I could throw the headphones on and get my workout in. Baseball is a painstakingly cruel game, but after throwing seven innings of no-run baseball, there was a kind of euphoric high that was the end result. Baseball was something that made me push myself harder to succeed than anything else in my life up to that point. However, with the sucesses, come the disappointments. I came to realize that it is how you react and handle your disappointments that matter.
When my time ran out at McCook, I played in the Northwoods League for the Rochester Honker's. A place that lead me to another college (Dakota Wesleyan University) where I led the GPAC in ERA and strikeouts. It was there where I was bought into their system of teamwork and accountability. Up until that point I flew by the seat of my pants. When I turned that page in my life, I realized what I could do when I relied on the people around me to succeed. Teamwork, what a concept. It was while I was at Dakota Wesleyan where I was drafted by the Oakland Athletic's. Then after my first season I was tradedto the Cincinnati Red's, where I spent the better part of three years on their Triple-A squad; just one step away from realizing a life-long dream; to play Major League Baseball. Sadly, that dream went unfulfilled and after realizing that I was not making enough money to make ends meet, I took my wife (fiance at the time), Kathryn, to South Korea where I played three season's and was a 2-time all star.
After three years in Korea, and the birth of our first son, Riley, we returned home and I retired from the game tha