Indians Special Assistant Dave Wallace balances love of baseball and family
BY TIM SHIRER
CAPTAINS BEAT WRITER
(EASTLAKE, OH) - Recently prior to a Lake County Captains game at Classic Park I sat down and talked with former Captains manager (2012) and current Cleveland Indians Special Assistant Dave Wallace.
When you talk with Wallace it becomes apparent, very quickly where his priorities are. For Wallace family is and always will be first.
Wallace signed with the Indians as a non-drafted free agent out of Vanderbilt in 2001 and played in the Indians organization from 2002 to 2007. Wallace served as an assistant to the Indians coaching staff in 2009, 10. Wallace then became a manger in the Indians minor league system from 2011 to 2016 when he stepped down from his job as manager of the Akron RubberDucks.
Wallace explained that the large amount of time he spent away from his family was just not something he wanted to continue. He said that from the time the season ended when the RubberDucks won the Eastern League Championship and the Indians World Series run ended, he was away from his family for 55 days and that's what helped him make the decision that he did not want to be away from his family, wife Lauren, his son who is five and his daughter who is seven for such an extended period.
Wallace met with the Indians front office and let them know he couldn’t manage the RubberDucks and be away from his family for the long stretches any longer. Wallace commented that when he entered the meeting with the Indians he did not know how they would react and he would have been fine and understood if they cut ties with him. That did not happen as the Indians who have prided themselves on being a family first organization understood Wallace’s situation and worked with him to create the role he is currently serves in.
The role fits much better for Wallace and his family as he spends about a week with one of the minor league affiliates (He was at Lake County for the six game homestand when the interview took place) and then he was going to return home for about ten days and repeat the cycle again.
It is very important for Wallace to not move his family around and change schools. His family lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. It’s a small beach side community near Jacksonville that his wife grew up and attended school in the community.
Currently his daughter is involved in gymnastics and dance. His son has not taken a big interest in sports yet aside from throwing the ball around the yard. The proud father did say that his son does enjoy playing with trucks, building constructions sites. He says, if he gravitates toward baseball, great, if not just as well.”
The father of two says he would like to coach his kids if they become active in team sports. He wanted to point out that he did not want to coach them because he knows the game better than anyone else whether it be baseball or football, but because he wants to teach good values to the kids. One thing you learn when you spend any time with Dave Wallace is he is all about good values and doing things the right way.
I asked him, what is his favorite activity he does with his children and he explained that they live very close to the beach. So many mornings his son would wake him up early and his son, daughter and he would walk down to the beach and watch the sun rise together. That alone should tell you everything you need to know about Indians Special Assistant and Family man first David Huggins Wallace.
It is my hope that this article will help fans understand that professional coaches and athletes are much more than what you see on the field.
POSTED 05/15/2018 18:42