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New Harvester baseball coach hosts camp
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
June 25, 2014 01:02 PM | 1219 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout<br>From left, Harvester Christian Academy baseball head coach Dave Williams, rising junior outfielder Dylan Allred, rising senior first baseman/pitcher Ryan Reagan, rising senior pitcher Chandler Owens and Fellowship of Christian Athletes area director Dutch Nelson get ready to practice at the school’s baseball camp last week.
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout
From left, Harvester Christian Academy baseball head coach Dave Williams, rising junior outfielder Dylan Allred, rising senior first baseman/pitcher Ryan Reagan, rising senior pitcher Chandler Owens and Fellowship of Christian Athletes area director Dutch Nelson get ready to practice at the school’s baseball camp last week.
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Harvester Christian Academy hosted its baseball camp last weekend for campers ages 5 to 12, led by the school’s new varsity baseball head coach Dave Williams.

The former Major League Baseball player and coach has returned to Douglasville where he has resided with his family since 2000.

“My wife graduated from Douglas County High School and we’ve kept our roots here when I played professionally,” Williams said. “I get to be around people who have influenced me positively during my marriage. It’s a good place to raise your family.”

Williams pitched professionally for eight seasons including stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and the Yokohama BayStars of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan. The past two seasons, he was the pitching coach for the Gulf Coast Blue Jays, which is a Rookie Level minor league affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Williams found out about the opportunity from Harvester’s assistant principal and athletic director Jeff LeMay, who invited him to the school’s field day in May.

“I had a good feeling that there was a huge Godly presence here,” Williams said. “I have three young children growing up on me and wanted to take advantage of my time to see them more.”

The camp had tangible goals for the new head coach.

“If you do a baseball camp the right way, teaching the fundamentals is the key,” Williams said.

Several members of the varsity team assisted in the camp operations as well.

“I wanted to get to know my players while they help young kids,” Williams said. “I want to serve the athletes as well as the students of the school in any way possible because you enjoy giving back when you’ve been given so much. It’s a great feeling.”

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