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December 8, 2012

Coach Preaskorn served as role model at most difficult time

To whom it may concern:

I was 12 years old when I first met Tom Preaskorn. At the time, I did not know much about him. I was a laid back, shy, quiet young person who was having trouble fitting in at school after being home-schooled for three years.

My sister had just started volunteering as the equipment manager of the Keyser High School football team. I visited practice a few times just trying to get a glimpse of the team as they prepared for the upcoming season. I was just so excited to be around the football program, to see the players, and to see the disciplined, organized approach that the coaching staff was taking with the team.

After seeing me at practice a few times, Coach Preaskorn and several other members of the coaching staff took the time and asked me if I wanted to help my sister with the duties and responsibilities of being the equipment manager. I was elated beyond my wildest expectations. Coach Preaskorn always had a way of making me feel special when most others took no notice.

As time passed, I grew closer to the coaching staff and to the football program as a whole. When all was said and done and the time came for me to graduate high school, I had been with the Keyser High School football team for six years. In that time, I watched as year after year, boys became men. Coach Preaskorn had a way of teaching young men responsibility, discipline, respect, self-sacrifice, character, trust and integrity.

One conversation that I had with Coach Preaskorn my senior year stands out for me. It was one of the most difficult conversations of my entire life. At the time, I needed a role model to help me make some very important choices. I will not disclose the details, but Coach Preaskorn gave me reassurance when I most needed it. If it were not for him, I do not know how I would have handled the situation. If it were not for having my peers on the team and the role models on the coaching staff, especially Coach Preaskorn, I would not be the person I am today.

Coach Preaskorn continued his coaching career at his alma mater beginning the year after I graduated. I have continued to support him throughout his entire career. Whenever I see him, regardless of the situation, he always takes the time to speak to me and treat me with respect. He has served his country in ways that many people could not possibly fathom. He has been a loving, faithful husband to his wife and a caring, devoted father to his children. He has mentored so many young men over his career and made them into men during the most important formative years of their lives.

Anyone who does not recognize these facts, clearly does not know him, has never taken the time or made any effort to understand him, and should be ashamed of themselves for rushing to judgment and assaulting his character. In my years of being involved in high school and collegiate athletics, I have never known a man with more dedication, discipline, courage, honor, devotion, respect, ethics, morals, and integrity than Coach Tom Preaskorn. He is a class act, a tremendous man, and I value his continued friendship.

Coach Preaskorn has always and will always have my trust, support, admiration, and respect. God bless Coach Tom Preaskorn and his family.

Sincerely,

Kevin B. Reeves

Keyser


 

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