Prior to returning to campus this fall, Springfield College junior Daniel Santos (center) volunteered his time as the team manager for the Waterford, CT under 13 Babe Ruth baseball team. Under the leadership of Santos, the team went on to win both the State and New England Championship and also compete at the under 13 Babe Ruth World Series.
"I think my favorite part of the experience was just getting to know the kids," said Santos. "They are 13 years old and they are at that age where you can form a good team bond working together all summer. I think myself and the other two coaches did a good job forming that togetherness."
Santos is currently a movement and sports studies major with a focus in physical education and his education at Springfield College has helped his coaching skills.
"I think being in the major I am enrolled in, it has helped me to be patient with the kids," said Santos. "I have also been able to see skills in the youngsters, and I have learned how to build on the qualities they posses."
Santos' hometown has a reputation for being a community that features successful baseball teams and players, a fact that had to be emphasized to the youngsters.
"Waterford has been a very prestigious baseball town for a long time," said Santos. "I think being able to help the kids be a part of that tradition helped us achieve our success as a team. Overall, it was a great experience getting to know each kid and growing comfortable as a group.
Joining Santos in the photo are coaches Luke Beaney (left) and Matt Johnson (right).