|Published:||Jul 06, 2013 9:26 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 07, 2013 1:36 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - The Cape Coral community is mourning the loss of beloved baseball coach Tim Hart. The 58-year old died suddenly on Friday.
Wink News spoke with those who learned from him both on and off the field.
For 28-years Hart helped young ballplayers like Chris Patton hone their skills and calm their nerves.
"He said 'I can't have you being scared and being worried about these guys. I know they are big but one one thing you have to remember, we all wake up in the morning a tie our shoes the same way.'" said Patton.
Pitcher Casey Coleman now plays for the Chicago Cubs, but grew up playing with "Coach Tim."
"I would describe him as the perfect coach. He was the coach parents wanted their kids to play for, he was the coach every kid wanted to play for," said Coleman, "It's a tragic moment because it's so sudden, but at the same time a guy like that definitely left his mark on that city and baseball in that area. He touched a lot of guys and he helped a lot of kids grow up and become better ballplayers too."
In 2006, a field at the Koza-Saladino Park was named after Hart and in 2011 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Harts former players say they're shocked by his sudden passing but say his love of the game will always be his legacy.
"He was always more than just a coach and he taught a lot more than just baseball," said Patton.
Funeral services will be held at 6:30p.m. this Tuesday at Cape Christian Fellowship. Memorial contributions in memory of Hart can be sent to the Cape Coral American Little League.