“The reason for my resignation is to spend more time with my wife (Dana) and two daughters (Camryn and Carson),” Moody said. “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 for this time in our lives.”
Moody went on to say to say he was thankful to Lee University for the past four years and been given the opportunity to work at such a great institution.
“As coaches we always talk about putting our players in the best situation to succeed and I feel Lee did just that for me,” he added. “Success is never achieved alone, so I would like to thank coach (Mark) Brew for all he has done for me and my family during the past four years. He gave me a lot of freedom to work with and develop pitchers. (Assistant) coach (Justin) Dedman did a great job of recruiting pitchers who were talented and fit into my pitching philosophy year in and year out. It was a great honor to work alongside great coaches, and some of the most talented players in the country.”
Brew, Lee’s head coach, offered nothing but praise for Moody and his decision. “As a pitching coach Michael has tutored many players that have gone on to the professional ranks and his staffs routinely ranked in the top 10 in almost all categories.
Moody tutored 13 pitchers who moved on to professional baseball from 2010-13. “Development is what he was very strong at and the following success of the pitchers listed below shows that evidence,” pointed out Brew, discussing the improved draft status of pitchers who waited for a later season’s draft:
Andy Hillis – 29th round to 11th round; Myles Smith – 16th round to 4th round; Clint Terry – 36th round to 18th round; Alex Moore – undrafted to 28th round; Jose Samayoa – undrafted to 9th round; Maxx Catapano – undrafted to 46th round; Shay Crawford – undrafted to 41st round; Patrick Merkling – 44th round to 18th round; and Kris Hall – undrafted to 8th round.
“We already knew he was a great pitching coach, but during his time at Lee Michael garnered a well-earned reputation as one of the best developers of pitchers in the area. However, more importantly than his abilities to coach, I appreciate Michael’s commitment to the ideals and standards of our program and Lee University,” noted Brew. “He is a great Christian man who displayed his beliefs through example on a daily basis. He has been an integral part of our success at Lee and I think I speak for our former players and current team and coaching staff when I say he will be missed. We wish him and his family the best as he moves forward into the next phase of his life.”
Brew added, “I want to take this opportunity to thank Michael for his loyalty and commitment to our program over the past four years. Additionally, I would like to thank his wife and daughters for sharing Michael with us. His dynamic of the coach-family relationship is unique, and I respect Michael’s desire to spend more time with his family. “