Inspirational Author David Vince to Speak at WCU
Hattiesburg, Miss., November 25, 2013 - Inspirational speaker and author David Vince of “When Life Throws You Curves, Keep Swinging,” a double-amputee who coached baseball in the college and high school ranks over three decades, will be speaking at William Carey University’s chapel service at 9:25 a.m. on December 4 as part of WCU’s Christian Leadership Lecture series. Vince will also hold a book signing in front of Wilkes Hall from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on December 4, and serve as keynote speaker for the Sports Banquet which will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Conference Center for all student-athletes.
Vince was born without legs from above the knee down, yet that never stopped him from earning 470 victories over the tenure of his coaching career. Despite never being able to play baseball himself, he served as head coach for Campbellsville University in Kentucky, where he led to team to their first baseball conference championship in the history of the school. He also became such a successful coach that he had the opportunity to coach in Australia, Curacao, Hawaii, Holland, Italy, Czech Republic, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Sweden. Vince has also worked as an associate scout for the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays.
In addition to baseball, Vince also served as an assistant football coach for eight years, girls weightlifting for seven years, girls basketball for three years, and boys cross country for three years. Upon retiring from his successful coaching career, he and his wife, Susan, and their three children settled in Louisiana.
Vince’s book tells the story of overcoming hardships with a determined attitude and positive outlook. His story motivates young men and women to work toward their goals and aim to achieve their full potential in both athletics and all other walks of life, despite the obstacles they might face.