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Youth baseball coach returns to the dugout

August 11, 2006

Leesburg - The head coach of the Georgia state champion Lee County 11-12 Dixie Youth Baseball all-star team is Ted Deiter.

 Like most fathers, Deiter's coaching career ended when his youngest son entered high school five years ago.

But at the urging of a former player, Deiter is back in in the third base coaches box.

Ted Deiter said " There is a young man at Florida State that plays shortstop that sent me a little note that said Coach Ted you need to come back and coach baseball."

That young man is Buster Posey, whose youngest brother Jess is a pitcher on this year's Lee County all-star team.

Buster Posey played for Ted Deiter, Billy Abell and Mike Jones in the Lee County DYB league when they won the 1998 DYB Major League World Series title.

It was one of two world series titles and five state championships the trio of coaches won in a span of seven seasons.

Deiter said "I just have good players is about all it is."

But of all the good players on this year's Lee County all-star team none are sons of the head coach.

Deiter said "You don't scream as much. Particularly with your own child and don't have mama to go home to.

 According to this year's team, their head coach does not scream much but instead someone who wants his players to love the game of baseball the way he does.

Pitcher Zane Hood said "He makes everything fun. Like when we lose he doesn't get really mad at us. He just picks us back up."

Ted Deiter's coaching comeback will enable him the chance to get some payback when the Georgia state champions play Louisiana in their opening game of the 51st  DYB World Series.

Deiter said  "LSU beat me and the University of Georgia in '75 for the SEC championship. The only game we lost in '98 was to Louisiana and Louisiana kicked us out when we were 14 year olds so I got some revenge going." 

Lee County will play Louisiana Monday night at seven o'clock eastern time at the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

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