Scott Whitted is beginning his 3rd season with the Emmanuel College Lions Baseball Team as the Pitching Coach. Scott hails from Pennsylvania. He played baseball at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Temple made it to the College World Series under the coaching of James "Skip" Wilson, who is a member of the NCAA Hall of Fame. Scott transferred to Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA for his Junior season and there received MVP awards not only in baseball, but soccer. Scott was heavily recruited by the Kansas City Royals. However, God had other plans for Scott's life. A lifelong dream of coaching became a reality. Whitted's team made numerous play-off appearances as well as winning a State Championship. Scott obtained his Bachelor's Degree from Covenant College. Scott then obtained an M.A. in Secondary education and just recently obtained an ED.S. Degree, both with honors. Scott has a deep love for Christ. He has a sincere desire to assist student athletes in finding that same love for our Lord. Scott is excited to be a part of Emmanuel Baseball. Scott is married to Lisa. They have four children: Caitlyn, Kelsey, Chapman and Jackson
Valrico, Florida (Tampa Bay Area)
2000-2004 - Daniel played at Bloomingdale High School in Valrico, FL (Tampa Bay Area)- where he lead his 6A team to two state final fours. Daniel won many individual awards during his prep years at Bloomingdale, highlighted by making the All-State teams as an Outfielder and Pitcher during his Junior and Senior Years. Daniel also played Basketball and Golf while balancing a 3.6 GPA in high school.
In 2005 Daniel signed to play collegiate baseball at Manatee Community College (Now called State College of Florida), where he helped elevate the team to be the #1 ranked team in the nation, before getting upset in the regional playoffs with two quick losses. Daniel led all Florida JUCO pitchers in ERA his freshman year while playing some first base/ OF/ and DH. In 2006 he participated in the pre-season Florida JUCO all-star game and helped his team make it to the Regional Championship game, one game away from the World Series. Daniel earned a spot on the all-conference team as a Pitcher and made the all-state & and all-region teams as an Outfielder.
In 2007 Daniel Signed with Samford University, a Division 1 program in Birmingham, Alabama where he excelled in the fall season, leading the team in hitting and was expected to be a top pitcher for the Samford Bulldogs in the upcoming spring season. Battling shoulder and elbow injuries during the spring of his 2007 season, he had to deal with failures on the field of play for the first time, which he now says has helped him become a stronger and more controlled man today.
In 2008 Daniel went to play near his home town for Coach Jeff Sikes at Warner University, where he excelled in the closer role, not giving up a run in over 30 innings pitched. During his time at Warner University he led bible studies for the team.
An opportunity to play professional baseball with the New York Yankees organization opened up after Daniel's final collegiate season was complete. Being pursued by Nardie Contreras (pitching coordinator) and Tommy Phelps, (AA pitching coach) the New York Yankees wanted Daniel to sign a free agent deal with the team. God had other plans for Daniel's life at that time. During and since that time, Daniel has been on several mission trips around the world using sports evangelism (Baseball and Basketball) as a way of preaching the gospel message to kids ranging in ages, cultures, and backgrounds. Some of the places Daniel has missioned too are: Multiple trips to Peru and Dominican Republic, Morocco, Israel, Alaska, and New York just to name a few. He has also played baseball in Hawaii and Japan. Daniel’s father, Gary Payne- is a pastor at Bell Shoals Baptist Church in Brandon, FL. Daniel is proud of his father for instilling in him a Christian foundation in which Daniel, when he was 12 years old, accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. Since then, Daniel has grown and will continue to grow in his relationship with the Lord. Daniel is being called into collegiate baseball as his personal mission field, where he can reach young men and women for the Lord. His desire is to make a positive influence on all the lives he touches, now and in the future during his coaching career. Daniel’s Dad (Gary Payne), Mom (Eva Jo Payne), two older sisters (Mandi Dunnaway and Marijo Plott) and his younger brother (Caleb Payne) are all praying for him, along with many others, as he trusts the Lords guidance in his collegiate coaching career.
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