PLEASANT VIEW – Mike Caldwell, the first coach in Sycamore Lady War Eagle Softball history, was honored by Sycamore High School as the softball field was named in his honor last week.
The current coach, Jacqueline Slayton, set up the event and had former players come back to enjoy the day with their old coach, including an alumni game, where some of the girls played for the first time in many years.
After a number of guest speakers and a small speech by Caldwell himself, the cover was pulled off the top of the new board in centerfield. The new sign is right under the scoreboard and says, ‘Caldwell Field – Home of the Lady War Eagles.’
Caldwell was not only the first coach for Sycamore, but he also coached the Lady War Eagles to their first state tournament appearance in 2002.
After coaching at Sycamore, Caldwell moved to Hume-Fogg. where he coached for many years after that.
Now, Caldwell has turned his attention to a new fight – cancer. He has brain cancer, but he hasn’t let that become the narrative around his life. He has decided to fight it, and he has quite the supporting cast to do so, including the Sycamore softball family.