March 26, 2016
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Spotlight on Coaches: Nelson Gregory

Spotlight on coaches

Coach Nelson Gregory

SYLVANIA, Ala.—The Southern Torch featured coach of the week is Sylvania Junior High and Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach, Nelson Gregory.

Coach Gregory graduated from Sylvania High School in 1988 and enlisted in the Navy, where he served four years, including Operation Desert Storm.  He serves his country now by being the Chief of Police for the Town of Geraldine.

Gregory and his wife Jennifer have three children Dakota, Justin and Joshua.

Five years ago, Nelson started as a volunteer coach for the Sylvania baseball teams.  Despite ongoing health problems, he still has been a rock to many.  He refuses to be sick during baseball, often refusing treatment for illness because so many depend on him.  Gregory is a father to those who need one, the team’s cheerleader and offers an ear to listen when a player has troubles.

The junior varsity team that Coach Gregory coaches is undefeated.  The love that he has for all the players is undeniable.  He serves as assistant coach for the varsity team and can be found on first base encouraging the players whether on his team or not. Several players of the Sylvania Baseball team along with their parents wanted to personally tell Coach Gregory how much they love and appreciate him.

Gregory said his goals for this season are “to help the boys learn to become great men.”  He will be successful because they have one of the best role models around.

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