I thought I would share the words which my son wrote to the Covenant baseball team on his resignation to pursue a new career path. He is leaving Chattanooga today and we are very sad, very proud, and very excited for James. This is his letter edited to protect people who might not like to make the blog:)
I have told this to many of you in person, and I’m sure a lot of you know by word of mouth, but I wanted to address all of you to let you know that I have been offered and accepted a position in... Florida as a marketing rep and general manager for a company called....
I am sorry if I have not been able to talk to you in person about this, the last couple weeks have been a whirlwind as I try to get everything ready for Florida on Jan 1st. While this is a very exciting opportunity, it was not an easy decision because I love Covenant and I am very passionate about baseball. I am definitely going to miss being on the field with each one of you (except for P.P., naturally) but I want to let you know that if you ever need baseball advice (I was fairly familiar with nice long slumps as a player so I can empathize, sympathize and help), or want to work through some stuff on or off the field then just give me a call, text or email.
Playing college baseball was a blast. Realize that, and enjoy it! I wish you all the best this season and will definitely be keeping track of the season. Remember, nothing worth having comes easy, and there are no shortcuts to success. Winning is a by-product of preparation (I’m putting all the coaching cliques in one email to steal Coach Simon's thunder this season). But jokes aside give it everything you have; live out “in all things Christ pre-eminent” on the field as well as in the classroom. God doesn’t call us to victory but to obedience; part of that obedience is understanding that God doesn’t especially call us to be the best because that is a focus on ourselves, however, we are called to give our best. With that being said, we have a heck of a team this year and I expect to hear great things. I see no reason for me not to be buying a plane ticket to watch you guys win the National tournament this year. Also, listen to B.C. as the special “bench coach/trainer.” I taught him everything I know. He will most likely yell at you to “Make an adjustment” at some point during the season.
In Christ, James Rollins