Coach Dave Smiley honored with plaque
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The late Dave Smiley's family and friends gathered at the Towamensing baseball field to honor his memory and in recognition of his love for baseball.
The Towamensing Baseball Association (TBA) honored the late Coach Dave Smiley for his years of dedication to baseball, a game he loved, with a plaque placed on the side of the concession stand at the Towamensing field. It was unveiled by his daughter Sara and son Adam Smiley.
The plaque reads, "In Cherished Memory Of Dave Smiley Who Loved The Game And Loved His League We Thank You."
Dave Smiley passed away on Feb. 4, 2011 at the age of 45 in an automobile accident.
According to his family and players, the plaque couldn't be in a better place for Dave to be recognized as a sportsman. He loved the kids and loved the game. He made the game of baseball fun, yet his fundamentals at all age levels of play were in the effort to encourage boys and girls to be the best and win. Winning was part of Dave's outgoing personality, but win or lose, he always told his players, "Good job!" or "We'll get them next time!"
His family says he had unbelievable enthusiasm, energy, and motivation to work well with kids of all ages as well as their parents and had no problem modeling the game to his players. He often demonstrated sliding techniques or dives for a base to get his players excited. Then he'd proudly show his baseball leg and arm injuries to his wife, Patti and laugh, "It's part of the game."
During any season, Dave was found raking the field, chalking the field or cutting the grass. He enjoyed announcing the games and socializing with the fans from the booth. But his favorite role was as "Coach Smiley." He coached in the league for eleven years.
His family and friends thank the Towamensing Baseball Association so that Dave will be remembered forever.
At the end of the ceremony, TBA president Ed Kupillas said, "We can remember Dave saying, 'Play Ball!'"
The ceremony was followed by a fun-filled and memorable coaches' ballgame, a game, his family says, Dave would have loved to be a part of.