New Kiwanis director looks to develop future of local baseball and softball

by Rob Tetro

Derek Lyons, the new director of the Fulton Kiwanis Baseball and Softball program, said he is honored to be at the helm of a league that proved to be meaningful to him when he was growing up.

Lyons referred to his new position as rewarding. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of previous directors such as Dale Tombs, who is someone he looks up to.

According to Lyons, Tombs, Tombs’ son Derek and Fulton varsity baseball coach Kip Harvey were all influential directors before him.

Lyons’ main goal this summer is for every player to have an enjoyable experience while developing their skills.

One of the skills that Lyons noted is the ability to be a supportive teammate. He suggested that players who enjoy the experience of playing baseball, softball or t-ball tend to be supportive of their teammates.

In a few years time, Lyons hopes to see long-term participants develop and possibly be considered to play on local modified, junior varsity or even varsity teams.

It’s also important to him to see communities continue to support Fulton Kiwanis Baseball so that even more players can develop their skills every summer.

Lyons’ role as Fulton varsity softball coach was a key factor in his decision to accept the position of director of Fulton Kiwanis Baseball.

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