In this edition of Reed Between the Lines: Taylor County Little League President Tim Hussion
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Well, I am a father of two. A son Jaxson who is 8, and a daughter Londyn who is 4. I have a wonderful wife Courtney, and I am the Safety Director at Marion County Coal Mine (formally Loveridge Mine). I have been involved in youth sports for about the last five years. When and why did you get involved with youth sports, particularly the TCLL?
Well initially it was because my son showed interest, but I have been a sports nut all my life. As time went on, I became more involved. Little League baseball was a big part of my youth and I wanted to give something back like all the people did when I played. What is the most bizarre question you have ever been asked by someone about Little League?
I am not sure that I have up to this point. This is my first year as the President, I guess the parents of Taylor County are taking it easy on me.
What is one rule change that you’d most like to see happen in youth baseball?
Nothing comes to mind. The game is in a good place right now.
What has changed within the sport between when you played and now?
There are a few. Most importantly are the aspects concerning player safety that has been implemented by Little League International and USA Baseball.
What one word or phrase do you think describes you?
What is your favorite movie about sports?
I can’t pick just one. “Rudy” is my favorite football movie. My grandfather was a huge Notre Dame fan. My favorite baseball movie would have to be Major League. I watch it every time it’s on.
What is the toughest position to play on the baseball field? Why?
I would say catcher. Everything starts and ends with them. Also, it is pretty difficult to squat down for several innings. At least it is for me.
What is the funniest thing you have ever seen happen on a baseball field with a player or a coach?
There are several that I would like to tell but won’t. I would have to say coaching T-Ball. Just watching all those four and five-year olds running around can be pretty comical.
What do you tell the kids who are wanting to try out for Little League but are too nervous?
This league and this game are for everyone. There is a place for every child that wants to play. There are great people coaching that will give every child an opportunity and make them better.
How is the coronavirus currently affecting the Taylor County Little League?
All baseball activities have come to a halt until May. It really has put the entire season in jeopardy. Although the health and safety of the children is what is most important, it’s hard not seeing kids on the field at Anna Jarvis every evening.
You get to spend the day with anyone (past or present), who do you choose and why?
That’s easy, my dad. He has been gone for some time now, and we have a lot to talk about.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully watching these 8-year-old boys and girls I coached win state championships.
How do you deal with demanding parents?
I am a demanding parent, so I can relate. Everyone wants the best for their children, and I can honestly say so do I. I want every child to get better and enjoy playing baseball.
What do you think you do well as an administrator/coach?
I get along with most people and believe I communicate well.
What do you think you need to work on as an administrator/coach?
Being better organized. It is very difficult at times juggling everything that my children are involved in and also being responsible for something like the Little League.
What make the Little League field at Anna Jarvis so special?
If you have every played there and get a chance to come back and watch your child play there, that is special. Most adults that grew up in Taylor County played Little League baseball on that field. There is something so cool about that.
Give me the name of one person on your staff who doesn’t get as much credit as they deserve.
There are a ton of people that make this thing a success, but the Gray’s (Chad and Lindsey) along with Rob Gallo have made this transition for me a lot easier. From try-outs to signups, Chad and Lindsey help out in every way possible.
What do you think makes the best Little League programs in the state great?
Participation and consistency. You must have kids come out and stay with it to gain experience. Good coaching and people willing to help is another key to this.
What did you think of these questions?It was a lot of fun, thanks for the opportunity.
*Periodically, the Mountain Statesman will feature a coach, player, or personality from Taylor County. We hope you enjoy the chance to learn a little bit more about them.