Elmwood's Reiser earns 500th career win (4-26-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Saturday, 27 April 2013 04:13
Elmwood coach Kyle Reiser gives signs during Friday’s game against Woodmore. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Virtually everyone was talking about Kyle Reiser’s 500th career victory Friday night.
Everyone, that is, except Reiser himself.
Instead, the Elmwood High School baseball coach was more pleased with his team’s quality performance than his latest milestone.
The Royals hit well, pitched well and played solid defense en route to a 9-1 victory over Woodmore in a Northern Buckeye Conference game at Carter Park.
Reiser is 500-194 in two different stints at Elmwood, totaling 26 seasons. He’s also been a head coach at Tinora High School, and has been an assistant coach collegiately at Bowling Green and Ball State.
“It’s the players, it’s the assistant coaches and I’ve heard from so many guys,” said Reiser, who was honored with plaques from athletics director Michele Story and long-time assistant coach Dwight Lee after the game.
Lee also presented Reiser with an engraved bat and the Royal seniors gave their head coach the game ball.
“They’ve all been a part of it. These aren’t my 500 wins,” Reiser said. “I’ve never thrown a ball, fielded a ball or swung a bat for Elmwood High School. It’s the kids who have played here for the last 26 years and the assistant coaches. These are their wins.  I’ve run into so many good people over the years. I can’t do this alone.”
The Royals improved to 7-5 overall and 2-1 the NBC, which is in its second season.
Woodmore is 4-5, 0-3.
Elmwood won 16 Suburban Lakes League championships under Reiser before Lake won the first NBC title last spring.
The Royals also have won 19 sectional championships, four district titles and one regional championship under Reiser. They advanced to the Division III state championship game in 2007.
“I didn’t get in this to set records for winning,” Reiser said. “But we play to win and I’m not a good loser in anything ... even Checkers and Monopoly. I’m cut throat, just ask my kids,” Reiser said. “When it’s all said and done, it’s not about winning.
“It’s about teaching the kids lessons they can use in life and it’s about making memories. I try to create as many positive memories as I can so when they get to the point that they have families, they can look back on this say they had fun. I want this to be fun and I want then to learn something.”
The 52-year-old Reiser has been around so long his starting first baseman this season is Austin Hoiles, who is the son of Matt Hoiles.
Matt Hoiles, who is the Royals’ varsity softball coach, played on Reiser’s first team at Elmwood.
“Where can you get that anywhere else?” Reiser said. “The sons of two former players are playing for me this year and a lot more are on the way, and I’ve had cousins and brothers play for me. This is just one big family. I just enjoy the people so much.”
Reiser even went to an unconventional method this week to end the team’s two-game losing streak.
Losses to Fostoria and Liberty-Benton earlier in the week prevented Reiser from reaching 500, but he canceled practice Wednesday and took the team to see the movie “42,” which is about former Major League Baseball player Jackie Robinson. Robinson was the first African-American to play in the majors.
“500 was affecting these kids,” Reiser said. “The burden of 500 fell on them. They were trying too hard. They were a different team once we got to 499 and it was affecting them a little bit. When we went to the movies, everybody took a step back, a deep breath and decided to have fun again.”
Elmwood returns to action tonight at 7 when it faces Bowling Green in a nonleague game at Carter Park.
“I’ve having too much fun and I’ll keep doing it as long as I’m having fun,” Reiser said. “It’s one year at a time and and as long as I’m healthy and having fun, and they’ll keep me around, I’ll keep doing it.”
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