Almaguer Goes Extra Innings for Community
Community Involvement Spotlight is a series on Freese and Nichols' dedication to community service, highlighting employees who donate time and money to organizations they're passionate about.
Oil & Natural Gas Engineering Technician Juan Almaguer became involved with the Flower Mound Youth Sports Association in 2013 as a baseball coach. His desire to coach relates to his personal experiences as a kid. "I was not very confident in my abilities and was reluctant to speak up or ask questions," Juan says. "I try to get the boys to feel confident in speaking up in front of the team or asking any questions they have, and hopefully they can take that mindset off the baseball field, too."
Flower Mound Youth Sports Association is a non-profit organization that provides an organized environment in which to learn how to play baseball and softball to children in Flower Mound and surrounding areas.
As head coach of the Dodgers, his 9-year-old son Alex's team (Juan and Alex pictured above), Juan says he strives to be a mentor for his son and all his players, treating everyone equally. "I keep in mind that there may be kids that don’t have a dad and my giving them instruction may be their only positive interaction with a father figure," says Juan. "I do my best to get to know them personally." He also makes it clear that the players respect each other and does not tolerate poor attitudes or disrespect.
Even though being a youth coach is very time consuming and expensive, Juan says he loves the positive experiences expressed by his players, being a part of an organization that cares about the teams and their facilities, and most of all, spending time with his son on the field.
Juan will be head coach for the FMYSA 2015 9U All-Star Team, composed of the top 12 players from the area, including his son Alex.