Ex-Crestwood baseball player coaches kids

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Eric Biegajski (left) gives pitching tips to John Delpizzo.

As time goes by, some of those who are oldest in the coaching profession decide to retire, spend more time with their family or let the younger up-and-coming coaches take their place. One such scenario of this type looks to be shaping up in Dearborn Heights.

Eric Biegajski plans on being a full-time baseball coach in the future. The Dearborn Heights product is already working with a neighborhood youngster who has potential.

“I love helping kids learn the game and passing my passion and wisdom on to them,” Biegajski said.

Goals are good to have and Eric’s goal is to be a mentor on the high school or college level in the not-to-distant future. He is 23 years old and spent last season as a pitching coach on the Crestwood High School junior varsity baseball team.

“I spent three years as a starter on the Crestwood varsity a few years back, and then went on to play a year at Henry Ford Community College as a starting pitcher,” Biegajski said. “Injury ended my career.”

This summer, Eric has been working closely with John Delpizzo, a 15-year-old who probably will land on the Chargers varsity baseball team next spring. Delpizzo is a tall left-hander with good velocity and is trainable, but he needs to build up his confidence, Biegajski said. The teacher/student athlete combination should yield positive results over the summer season.

How far can Biegajski with his coaching ambitions? Like in many cases, if he gets to break in on the prep varsity level, chances are good he will get to his goal.

It looks as though Eric has the heart and passion to move up the coaching ladder. Where he will coach and on what level in future years is still up in the air.