Will Lydon is a product of hard work and inspiration and his plan is to pay that forward.
After playing club baseball for All Star, Lydon developed a special connection with owner J.D. Hardcastle. The inspiration that Hardcastle provided caused Lydon to desire to coach and own a team of his own some day. Lydon has created the stepping stones to make that dream a reality.
Lydon has been a team leader for the Tokay baseball team over the last four years, which has earned him the opportunity to play ball as a University of the Pacific Tiger this fall. With nearly a full ride, he is eager to acquire new information in his sports pedagogy major. He will minor in business and plans to bring his classroom and real life experience together to accomplish his goal.
When challenges arise, Lydon says, “You have to fight through it and keep your mind set right. When you set goals, you have to keep moving forward 110 percent. You also need to stay away from what the crowd is doing and stay focused on what you’ve set out to do.”
High school always has its challenges, but Lydon attributes his level of confidence to English teacher, Jennifer Cassel and baseball coach, Aaron Misasi.
“They (Cassel and Misasi) really helped me achieve a new level of confidence in the classroom and on the field. And so did Anne (?) who has always been very kind to me,” Lydon said.
When asked how he would describe himself, Lydon said, “Hard work beats good talent that doesn’t work hard. That was said to me by a coach, Mike Moore, that I had in elementary school and I find it to be very true.”