, Newburyport, MA

September 30, 2013

Coach Mondalto was a class act

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

I was pleased that Coach Mondalto broke his silence publicly and explained how the events transpired about how and why he lost both his coaching job and his city job.

As a former ballplayer of his (1983 and 1984, co-captain) I was saddened when I heard that he was let go. Of course, unfortunately with the way things work, we never know the real story; now we do. I can’t speak for all his players but I’m sure I can speak for a good majority of them when I say Jerry is a class act. He was truly the best coach I have ever had the honor to play for and I played for many. After playing for Jerry I went to play ball in college and then I was fortunate enough to play professionally for a couple of years. I have always loved the game of baseball and if not for Jerry, I probably would not have played beyond high school.

Jerry wasn’t just a coach — he taught us how to play the game with integrity and, more importantly, to have fun but be competitive. Most importantly, Jerry’s knowledge for the game is unsurpassed and he expected the best from his players. I just hope that he held his head high when he was inducted to Amesbury’s Athletic Hall of Fame last night because I am so proud of him and I’m sure everyone who played for him feels the same. Amesbury gave up on a great coach and teacher of the game and that’s a shame.

Scott Kimball