Howard Mabie was my Varsity baseball coach at Oviedo high school and he was one of the most influential people I had during my young life.
Coach Mabie had a way of inspiring people and bringing out the best that they had to offer. He is a top quality human being who had a major impact on many lives in his coaching career and he was an integral part of what made Oviedo, Florida such a golden place of memories back in the time period when it was still a charming citrus village. He was not only funny, good natured and made young minds feel valuable but he was also a damn good Science teacher. In today's world with so much perversion, larceny and corruption in our school systems a man like Howard Mabie is hard to come by and that is why I am celebrating him here. Throughout my life whenever there has been a situation where I got to play baseball or softball I am still to this day a deadly hitter and that is because of the skills that he taught me. The wisdom and philosophy in baseball that he taught me I have quoted and applied to my life ever since.
"You should never be trying to hit a homer, a homer should be the accident of a line drive." He is retired from teaching and coaching now but the lives that he touched still continue to do great things out in the world and that is why it is my pleasure to present to you now the one and only Coach Howard Mabie!
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