David Vince, a double amputee who coached baseball in the college and high school ranks over three decades, tells his inspirational life story in a 120-page memoir published by Langmarc Publishing in Austin, Texas.
When Life Throws You Curves, Keep Swinging is a truly unique story of overcoming hardship, living life to the fullest and motivating young men and women to achieve their full potential in sports and in life.
As a baseball coach for 29 years, including one season at Campbell County High School, Vince amassed 470 victories despite the fact that he walks on two prosthetic legs and was never able to play the game.
“I hope my story can encourage others who may be facing difficult or trying times in their lives so that they too can overcome adversity with proper attitude, faith and determination,” Vince said.
Vince is a former head coach at Campbellsville University, where he led the team to a Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship in 1987, the first conference baseball championship in the history of the school.
He has coached 10 district championship teams, eight district runner-up teams, two state Final Four teams and one state runner-up team. He is a 10-time coach of the year recipient in various divisions.
Vince has also coached baseball in Holland, Spain, Czech Republic, Sweden, Australia, Puerto Rico, Italy, Curacao and Hawaii. He has worked as an associate scout for the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays.
Vince’s book has drawn praise from prominent sports personalities across the nation, including Major League Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench.
“David has a very inspirational book that made me so proud of his tenacity and love for baseball. I hope his story will light a fire for anyone, with or without a disability, to work hard and earn their dream,” Bench said.
Legendary former Notre Dame head football coach Lou Holtz called the book inspiring, informative and a great read.
“Being a football coach, I can certainly understand the difficulties an individual has in motivating their team to do the very best at all times,” Holtz said.
“It is even more difficult when you are an above-knee double amputee.”
Vince speaks openly about his Christian faith and how it has guided him through his career on the field and helped him navigate life’s challenges, including the dramatic premature birth of his daughter, Sierra, who has congenital birth defects similar to his own but has overcome her physical disabilities much like her father.
“I share some of the challenges I’ve faced throughout my life and how overcoming these hardships have strengthened my faith and made me the man I am today,” Vince said.
“I hope my message inspires, motivates, encourages and uplifts all who read it, just as people before inspired me.
Vince is available for speaking engagements. More information is available at www.speakermatch.com/profile/DavidVince. The book will be available in mid-May and can be purchased for $17.95, plus $3 shipping, from David Vince at 736 Texas Eastern Road, Ragley, La., 70657. Books will be autographed when requested.