From Coach Pete Paciorek reflecting on the ability and character of Ryan Schimpf: “Ryan played for me in the summer after his freshman year at LSU. Though his physical skills and abilities were highly apparent, it was his leadership and character that impressed me the most. Ryan is one of those individuals that I talk about in my guidebook who plays much bigger than they are [he is only listed on the current San Diego Padres roster at 5’9” 185 pounds], but he carries himself like he is 6’5”. In the batter’s box and on the field, he is as tenacious and competitive as they come. On and off the field, he is a consummate role model for young aspiring athletes. Ryan spent close to 8 seasons in the minor leagues prior to finally getting his chance to play in the MLB. He has seized his opportunity, as he has led all rookies in homeruns since being called up to the “Big Leagues”. He was awarded the National League “Rookie of the Month” award for the month of July. This is a testament to his work ethic, internal confidence (not cockiness), focus, as well as many other character values that I talk about in my book and during my youth character development curricula.
Coach Pete Paciorek