As the Lee University baseball program moves from perennial NAIA World Series title contention to NCAA Division II, it will be without Michael Moody. Moody has resigned as pitching coach after four years with the Flames and 13 of his pitchers signing professional baseball contracts. "The reason for my resignation is to spend more time with my wife and two daughters," Moody said in a Lee release. "My wife especially has sacrificed a lot during my years as a coach, along with my daughters. We felt like this was the best decision for us as a family to make at this time." Thanking head coach Mark Brew for giving him "a lot of freedom to work with and develop pitchers" and assistant coach Justin Dedman for "a great job of recruiting pitchers who were talented and fit into my pitching philosophy," Moody added, "It was a great honor to work alongside great coaches and some of the most talented players in the country." Brew noted the tremendous progress in draft status for many Flames pitchers under Moody and said "his staffs routinely ranked in the top 10 [in the NAIA] in almost all categories. ... More importantly than his abilities to coach, I appreciate Michael's commitment to the ideals and standards of our program and Lee University. He is a great Christian man who displayed his beliefs through example on a daily basis." Brew emphasized that he supports Moody's decision. "His dynamic of the coach-family relationship is unique, and I respect Michael's desire to spend more time with his family," the head coach said.
Track & Field
• James Eliezer and Melik Williams helped North Paulding High School of Dallas, Ga., reach the state Class AAAAA track and field meet in the 4x400-meter relay, and recently they teamed up in signing scholarships with Tennessee Temple University. The 6-foot-2 Eliezer, who also ran the 200 for the Wolfpack, finished second with Williams third in the Region 5 meet, but Williams outdid him in the subequent sectional and earned individual state spots with a fourth-place 400 and a fifth-place high jump. A 5-9 cornerback in football, Williams was third in the region in the high jump as well. He also wrestled at North Paulding but said "track is the sport I excelled in." He said he had contact from other colleges, "but Tennessee Temple was the one I really reached out for. It's kind of close to home, and it's a Christian university with a lot of moral values and standards that will help me grow not only mentally but also spiritually." Eliezer, a football wide receiver, also said the Christian aspect was a plus and added that Temple's relatively small size and the friendliness of everyone he met on his visit were important factors as well. Coach Emmanuel Awotula, he said, was very engaging and encouraging.