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Sports have been a common theme throughout my life. My parents told me that I was the type of kid who always had to have a ball with him. No teddy bear for me to hold while falling asleep, give me a ball instead.

I grew up playing baseball and basketball and backyard football. I spent summers rounding up the neighborhood kids to organize 2 on 2 basketball tournaments in my front yard. And if I wasn't outside playing sports I was inside watching them. I remember in 3rd grade I finally was able to convince my parents to let me stay up late enough to watch Sportscenter every night.

I spent my teen years playing all I could whether it was for the high school or just with a bunch of guys. Now I find myself sitting on the sidelines with a clipboard and a bunch of shrimps calling me coach, but I love it. Sports have always been a part of my life and I suppose they always will be.

The Fan

I've followed sports in general for as long as I can remember, but there are a couple teams that keep a close eye on.

BYU is my college team of choice, I was raised a Cougar fan and I'm still a Cougar fan. I remember going to football games in Provo when I was 6 and 7 years old. I remember being there when Ty Detmer led BYU to an upset of then #1 Miami. I remember going to basketball games and seeing Marty Hawes, Andy Toolson, Russel Larson, Gary Trost, Shawn Bradley, and others play and win. BYU has been in my blood since I can remember and I believe it will probably be in my blood for as long as I live.

When I was 9 years old I made the jump from the minors to the majors in my city little league and the team I went to was the Braves. I don't know if that's where my love for the Braves began but I've followed them ever since. What a great team to love, 14 consecutive division titles, that is just amazing.

My NBA team of choice is my home town Utah Jazz. Not the flashiest of teams but hard working blue collar players.

I don't follow the NFL all that much, probably because we weren't allowed to watch football on Sundays growing up so San Fran is my team but I'm not real avid in that arena.

The Participant

I started my athletic career on the soccer field. I spent two years, age 6 and 7, chasing around a ball and scoring a lot of goals but it didn't tickle my fancy so at age 8 I told my parents I wanted to play baseball

From the beginning baseball and I united. I loved the sport and so I spent a lot of time practicing, not because I wanted to get crazy good but because I loved playing. I performed well throughout my baseball career, I made the all-star teams every year and I played in all different kinds of tournaments. I played all through high school and was tempted to continue my career in college but things just didn't feel right so my playing career ended there

I started playing basketball when I was 10 and I stuck with it all the way through high school. I started at point guard but to be honest I was never nearly as good at basketball as I was at baseball. But basketball was always something to pull my group of friends together and it's a fun fast paced game so I enjoyed playing and still do enjoy it.

I never really competed in any other sports at an organized level. But that doesn't mean I don't love to play other sports. I've picked up tennis and really enjoy that, I like to bowl, golf, rock climb, play football, play raquetball, volleyball and I even learned to enjoy soccer while I was in Portugal for two years.

Overall being active and involved with sports is something I've always done and the plan is to make sure it's something that I continue to always do.

The Coach

I started coaching out of necessity. My little brother was starting to play baseball and needed a coach so my dad and I took on the challenge of coaching his team. That was 9 years ago, so if you take out the two years I spent in Portugal I've been coaching for the past 7 years.

Baseball is the first sport I coached and when Joel was young practice was more about having fun than it was learning baseball but as he's gotten older his abilities and those of his teammates have increased thus our coaching has become more pointed. We've done pretty well coaching baseball, I think we've only had one losing season, every other year we've finished 1st or 2nd in the league. I've really enjoyed coaching baseball, I love that it keeps me involved in the game.

Last year, 2005, Joel asked me to coach his basketball team. It was my first attempt at coaching hoops and to be honest it didn't go so well. Part of the problem was we only had 7 kids on the team and only 4 ever showed up to practice so it was tough to teach new plays or work on team defense because our "team" was never there. This year, 2006, we've got 10 boys signed up and already I can tell a huge difference. I was worried that I was just a bad coach last year but this year, when we get people to practice, I can really see improvement in abilities and understanding of the game.