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Youth Baseball Coach Uses Time in the U.S. Army As Motivation to Impact Players

By Madeline Adams, KLFY, 05/30/19, 12:00PM CDT

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"I think it's important to have coaches like him because he just cares about the kids," Diamondback parents Ginny and Adam Hoover say. 

"Yes sir" is an expression that echoes throughout every game and practice of the Broussard Diamondbacks. There are high expectations from head coach Hamilton Ledet. He expects high class and humility from every one of his 14-U baseball players. "I don't care if we're up 14-5 or 14-0," Ledet says. "I don't let my kids get up there and start hollering and throwing their gloves and getting complacent."

It's a coaching style Ledet mimics after his time in the Army and his childhood as a coach's son.  "You have to remain humble at all times and show class. That's the way I construct my team and I will never change that," Ledet says. "I'm no longer in the service, but I am a veteran for life. I'm not around many of my buddies and family from the military. I can't reach out to every veteran. The ones that I do see, I speak with. This is my way of saying hey I'm doing my part."