It’s all about the bus rides
My name is Michael Kellar – I am pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Siena College in Albany, New York. As many of you may know I am originally from McLean County, Illinois — Colfax to be exact (And no I will never, and I say NEVER tell people I am from Lexington, Billy, even though my mom at one time was actually a Minutemen).
I went to Ridgeview High School, played college baseball at Lake Land College and Niagara University, then caught on in the Frontier League for a short time with the Evansville Otters. After that I came back to Ridgeview to help coach baseball and dabble in a basketball coaching career. Big shoes to fill I know. Last August I was offered the volunteer position at Siena College and this past summer was promoted to our first assistant.
I apologize for the boring background, but now that that’s over we can get to the good stuff. CornbeltBaseball.com editor Jack Warren asked me to write a few times a week for the web site, so here it goes. I hope you check back to see how the Saints are doing throughout the year.
As we set out for our second weekend against William and Mary, I can’t but help and remember all the bus trips throughout my playing and coaching career. From riding the yellow school bus back in my days at Ridgeview High School to our school-owned charter bus at Lake Land College, I swear this bus was one of the first charter buses to ever be put out on the road. This bus was a real gem — no A/C, no TV’s and lets just say the bathroom was a little less than flattering. We would take the ole LLC charter on trips down to FL, KY, GA and TN which sometimes would last upwards of 24 hours.
Then I transferred to Niagara University where we had top of the line charter buses that were fully loaded with power outlets, TV/DVD and occasionally even Wi-Fi. One of the buses was actually painted with a big Purple Eagle on the side, which is Niagara’s mascot (I know, whats a Purple Eagle right? The only reason it was purple was because Niagara is a Vincentian college and purple is the Vincentian color — fun fact for the day).