Feb. 9, 2011

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The Tom Walter I Know

By Joe Michalski

Assistant Baseball Coach

Marist College


Joe Michalski played for Wake Forest coach Tom Walter when Walter was the coach at George Washington. Michalski was a part of 160 wins over his four years, totaling 144 hits, 26 doubles, 29 homers and 110 RBI in 192 career games, and was part of Colonials squad that reached the NCAA tourney in 2002. He is in his third year as an assistant at Marist, which went 33-22 in 2010 and is picked to finish second in the MAAC preseason coaches’ poll.


When I was recruited to play baseball at George Washington University by Coach Walter and Coach Healy, I was sold on the opportunity to play, get a quality education and be a part of a family that would make any and all sacrifices necessary to help one succeed. 


That was the mission then, and things obviously haven’t changed much at Wake Forest today. 


When I first heard that Coach Walter was donating a kidney to a player, I was definitely surprised.  You don’t expect to see this kind of story, especially involving your former coach. 


I was not, however, surprised by the selflessness of Coach Walter.  As a former player, I know first-hand that Coach Walter believes in family and offering a line of support for as long as it may be needed.  This was never more evident than in times of adversity when he was able to rally the ballclub or help a player get through a difficult time.  I have relied on Coach Walt’s advice and guidance numerous times during and after my career at GW.


Once you become a part of that family, you’re in for life.  I am always thankful for the support I have received from Coach Walter and I truly believe that he would be there in the same capacity for any current or former player. 


I hope for a speedy recovery for both Walt and Kevin Jordan.


(photos courtesy of Marist Media Relations Office)